Rank: Able Seaman
Number: J/11858
Unit: HMS Defence ROYAL NAVY
Date of Death: 31 May 1916
Age: 22
Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial

Joseph was the son of Samuel and Susannah Dearden of 167 Long Lane (later Wilmslow Road), Cheadle and the older brother of Samuel (also commemorated on the Long Lane Memorial). He was born locally on 22 December 1893. He was killed at the Battle of Jutland.

Another brother, William, also served in the armed forces and appears to have survived the War.

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