Joseph WYATT
Rank: Private
Number: 17125
Unit: “B” Company, 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 April 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas de Calais, France

Joseph's father, also called Joseph, is thought to have married Isabella Beesley at St Mary's Church, Stockport between January and March 1893. A few months later, between July and September, the birth of Joseph William Wyatt was registered at Stockport.

The family lived at 2 Bateson Street, in the Newbridge Lane area of town (although by the early 1920s, Joseph & Isabella had moved down the road to No. 14). Joseph, junior, worked at Lowe's chemical works in Reddish, until he enlisted into the Army in October or November 1914.

After training, Joseph would have gone overseas with the newly formed 9th Battalion, in mid-July 1915. For most of the early part of 1916, the Battalion was undertaking tours of duty in the front line trenches south the French village of Neuve Chappelle, which had been the scene of a major battle a year earlier. On 14 April, they had been in the front line for a couple of days at positions at Ferme du Bois. This was a quiet time in this sector, although casualties, from sniper or shrapnel, were still experienced on an almost daily basis. Joseph, as a stretcher bearer would have been kept busy.

Joseph's officer later wrote to Mr & Mrs Wyatt "Your son died nobly doing his duty and his loss is greatly felt by all his Company. I will give you a short account of what happened. One of our officers was badly wounded and I called for the stretcher-bearers. Your son was the first to come to the wounded officer's assistance but, on the way to him, another German shell exploded over our trench - a piece of which hit your boy. You will have one consolation, that he died without pain and he gave his life for his King and Country."

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