Joseph SHAW
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 11304
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 16 August 1915
Age: 30
Cemetery: Chatby Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

Joseph had been born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire but, by 1901, was living in Stockport and working as a loco engine fitter.

When he enlisted, in August 1914, he was living at 14 Swan Street in the Daw Bank area of the town. After training, the Battalion left Britain on26 June, aboard the SS Ivernia, arriving at the Greek island of Mudros on 10 July. On the 16th, they landed, ready to go into action, at Gallipoli. On the 19th, they took over a section of the front line for the first time, holding it for 24 hours, before being relieved.

Conditions for the troops at Gallipoli were horrendous. There was insufficient food or water. They were subject to constant shelling from the Turkish army holding the well fortified high ground. And the heat of the summer made the trenches a breeding ground for disease. It is nosurprise, then, that Joseph contracted dysentery (as did many others). He was evacuated back to hospital facilities at Alexandria in Egypt where he died.

   
           
   
     
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