Joseph WILD
Rank: Private
Number: 266552
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 1 August 1917
Cemetery: Track X Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Joseph was born in Stockport and, in 1917 his parents and sister were living at 8 Ford Street, Chestergate. He worked at Tiviot Dale railway station. He enlisted at Stockport and his original service number, 4078, suggests this was in 1915 or early 1916.

On 31 July 1917, the Battalion advanced as part of a major attack on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele described here. The following evening, the few remaining troops still at duty were withdrawn to trenches at "X" Lines, near to where Joseph is buried.

He was part of the Transport Section and it is not known if he took part in the actual attack. It would seem probable that he was involved in the difficult and dangerous task of bringing stores and rations up to the front line troops. On many occasions this had to be undertaken without the benefit of cover from the trenches. His officer wrote to the family saying that he had been killed instantaneously (no doubt by an enemy shell).

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