Joseph Allen STEVENSON
Rank: Private
Number: 42083
Date of Death: 17 (or 18) September 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Berlin South Western Cemetery, Germany

Joseph was born in Stockport and was named after his father. In 1901, Joseph senior and his wife Sarah were living at 40 Bramwell Street with their three sons - John (then 4), Joseph (2) and George (1). After the war, they were living at 34 Gorsey Brow, but it is not known when they moved.

When Joseph enlisted into the army, he originally joined the Cheshire Regiment. His service number, 61616, confirms this was after mid-1916 and, therefore, means Joseph was a conscript. This was presumably when he became 18.

At some point, he was transferred to the East Yorkshires. This was probably after recovering from a wound or illness. When he had recovered, it will have been decided that the Yorkshires were more in need of replacement troops than his original unit. Later, he was taken prisoner. This was probably during the German offensives of spring 1918. Joseph died of natural causes whilst a prisoner and will have been buried in the Cemetery next to the PoW camp. After the war, these small burial areas were closed and the bodies re-interred into one of four "concentration" cemeteries.

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