Joseph BOOTH
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 266028
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 August 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Joseph was the son of Sarah Ann Booth and the late Thomas Booth and the family lived at 2 Dooley Lane, Marple. Joseph had been born in the village and attended St Martin's Church there. He worked as a spinner at Hollins Mill.

He enlisted in November 1914 (originals service number 3038), probably going overseas in the late spring of 1915. On 31 July 1917, Joseph took part in an attack described here. During the day, he was badly wounded, by a shell explosion, in the side and ribs. He will have received first aid just behind the front line and would then have been taken from the battlefield to No.3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station at Poperinge (about 20 kilometres away). It would seem that he was very badly injured and all that could be done was to ease his pain. He died in the early hours of the next morning.

Further information about Joseph, including a photograph, is included in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook & J Bintliff.

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