Rank: Private
Number: 9982
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 October 1915
Age: 20
Cemetery: Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Regimental records indicate that Joseph Burgess was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Stockport, although John Eaton, in his book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon", records that he was born in Hazel Grove and this is more likely to be correct. His next of kin was recorded as being his mother who, after the War, was living at 31 Brentnall Street in the Hillgate area of Stockport.

Joseph was killed at the Battle of Loos. He is the only one of the local men kille din this battle who has a known grave. The part of the Cemetery in which he is buried was not created until after the Armistice. It contains the graves of men originally interred in small burial areas which, after the war , were returned to civilian use and the bodies re-interred at Vermelles. There are also a considerable number of burials of men whose bodies were discovered after the war when the battlefield were cleared and returned to their original agricultural use.

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