Joseph Morton UNSWORTH
Rank: Private
Number: 1553
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 13th July 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Gorre British & Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Joseph had been born within the parish of St George's C of E church, Stockport and his parents, Samuel and sarah Ann lived at 15 Lilac Street, Heaviley.The 1901 Census records Samuel as then aged 29 and working as a hatter's finisher. Sarah was 29 and a "cotton operative - reeler".

Joseph was a pre-war member of the territorial army and was mobilised when war was declared I August 1914. An account of the Battalion's early months is here.

On 13 July 1916, the Battalion was making its way forward from billets at Gorre, prior to going into the front line to relieve another battalion, in the area of Givenchy. The scheduling of reliefs, on both sides, tended to be known to the enemy and it was a favourite time for artillery shelling of the positions. It seems that there was no exception this day and five members of the Battalion were killed.

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