Rank: Private
Number: 1708
Unit: A Company, 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 16 December 1914
Age: 25
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Joseph had been born in Heaton Mersey, the son of Joseph & Hannah. When the War Graves Commission was collecting casualty information in the early 1920s, Hannah was living at 104 School Street, Higher Brinksway, Stockport. It is understood Joseph's father had died by this time.

Joseph is believed to have been a pre-war Territorial and volunteered for overseas service when the Battalion was mobilised on August 1914. An account of the Battalion's first weeks is here.

On 13 December, "A" Company went into the trenches for the first time, near Wulverghem (some 12 miles north east of the French town of Bailleul and suffered its first fatality the same day. At some point over the next two days, Joseph was shot in the stomach by a sniper. He was taken from the trenches to a Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleul, where he died. He was Stockport's first Territorial to be killed

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