Joseph DAVENPORT
Rank: Private
Number: 105425
Unit: 13th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 27 September 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

The website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not record any next of kin information for Joseph and, after he was killed, there was no newspaper obituary for him. As such it has not been possible to identify any family which might confirm who he was. Regimental records, published after the war, show that he had been born in Stockport and was living in the town when he enlisted into the army.

The 1901 Census only records one person of military service age who had been born in Stockport. This was a one year old boy, the son of Joseph & Annie Davenport. This family, which also included a 10 year son called Thomas, lived at 1 Jones Square, Stockport.

The above army service number was issued towards the end of the war and might be consistent with the young boy on the Census being conscripted when he became 18. Whilst it is very likely that these people are the same Joseph Davenport, it is impossible to be absolutely sure.

 The day on which Joseph was killed would later be officially designated as the first day of the Battle of the Canal du Nord and would be another major British advance in the closing weeks of the War. On 27 September, Joseph and his comrades had been in the trenches for 13 continuous days. They would be tired, dirty, scared and underfed and, of course, would probably have suffered casualties on a daily basis. At 5.20, they left their trenches to attack again - this time towards German trenches west of the French village of Ribecourt.

The Regimental History records that "C" and "D" Companies led the Battalion's attack with "A" and "B" in support. "Considerable difficulty was experienced in getting to the first objective and "C" Company, in particular, suffered heavy casualties."

After reaching the objective, the men paused to reorganise for some time. "When they went forward again, much better progress was made and a nest of dugouts which had previously been hampering the advance was easily captured with some 200 Boches inside. When nearing the final objective "A" Company merged into the firing line and swept the attack forward. "B" Company was not called upon to reinforce and remained in support throughout. The Battalion captured some 600 prisoners and 100 machine guns and automatic rifles at a cost of six officers and 125 other ranks."

   
           
   
     
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