Joseph DUDDY
Rank: Private
Number: 7550
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 December 1917
Age: 29
Cemetery: Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassell, Germany

There is some doubt about Joseph's age as the local newspaper records it as 30, although the 1901 Census, taken in the March, shows him to be 13 at the time, having been born in Marple. He was an ex-regular soldier having served 7 years in the Cheshires and was recalled to the colours, as a reservist, when war was declared on 4 August 1914, signing on again at Macclesfield.

On 23 August 1914, the British troops fought their first battle of the war at Mons and were forced to retreat. The Cheshires came into action the next providing cover for the retreat. The action is described here. Joseph was originally posted as "missing", but later news confirmed he had been taken prisoner. He regularly wrote home to his sister and had been well until earlier in 1917 when he developed a problem with his lungs. He was in hospital when he died.

It is probable that Joseph is related to Dennis Duddy who also came from Marple.

Further information about Joseph, including a photograph, is in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook, J Bintliff.

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