Joshua WRIGHT
Rank: Private
Number: 11372
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 26 March 1915
Age: 39
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Joshua was born locally and is, almost certainly, the 24 year old man listed on the 1901 Census as living in Stockport and working as a carter for a grocer. His service number indicates he enlisted in the army in August or September 1914 and will have gone overseas around January 1915. This will have been as part of the first drafts of replacements for the regular army soldiers who had already been killed or wounded with the 1st Battalion.

The Battalion's War Diary records that, on 25 March, they moved from barracks at Ypres into trenches at Tuileries (about 3 kilometres east of the town centre), relieving a Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment at 8pm.

The next day some civilians arrived with a permit allowing them to remove their clothing and some personal effects from the farm buildings. 20 minutes after they left, the position was shelled and the "telephone operator was wounded by a shrapnel bullet". This will have been Joshua. He will have been evacuated from the trench and received attention from the Battalion's medical officer. He would have then been taken to a Casualty Clearing Station, some miles away at Bailleul, where military surgeons would have done all that was possible to save his life, but without success.

   
           
   
     
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