Joseph YOUNG
Rank: Private
Number: 277251
Unit: 2/7th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 6 October 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Joseph was one of at least four children of Mr & Mrs Young, 33 Bulkeley Street, Stockport. When he died, his brothers, Charlie and Sam, were serving with the army in France. His sister, Mary, had married and was living at 31 Lomas Street. Her husband was also serving abroad.

As a boy, Joseph had attended the Edgeley Wesleyan Day School and later went to work for Mr Smyth Gregory, who was a butcher trading from premises at 61 Edward Street. In 1908, he married Annie Cooley at St Matthew's Church and they are thought to have set up home at 25 Lomas Street.

Joseph was probably not an early volunteer for the army. His service number suggests he was an original member of the 2/7th Battalion which did not go overseas until March 1917. It is likely that he was never involved in a major action. Joseph is known to have died from peritonitis whilst in a military hospital at Abbeville.

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