Rank: Private
Number: 52888
Unit: 13 Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 October 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Joe was the youngest of four brothers serving in the army. The family home, where they lived with their mother, was at 17 Gorsey Brow, Stockport.

His original service number, 3707, indicates he originally enlisted into one of the Regiment's Territorial Battalions - probably the local 6th Battalion - around the middle of 1915. He probably went on active service in July 1916 and would normally have joined the 6th Battalion in the front line. However, a large draft of troops was re-assigned to various units due to the losses from the early days of the Battle of the Somme. Once Joe was with his new Battalion, he would have been given a new service number.

On 6 October 1916, the Battalion relieved the 2nd South Lancashires in the front line at Hessian Trench. This former German frontline trench, near the village of Thiepval, had been captured in late September. On the 8th, the Battalion's War Diary records "Holding line. Artillery active on both sides. Casualties - 4 Other Ranks killed, 2 wounded." Joe was one of the four who had been killed (later Regimental records indicate the two men who had been wounded also succumbed to the injuries). He has no known grave and is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.

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