1st/5th Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916 aged 20.
Many of the British soldiers were killed or wounded the minute they stepped out of the front line trenches into No Man's Land. Many of the men walked slowly towards the German lines, loaded down with supplies and expecting to encounter little or no opposition. They made a tragically easy targets for the German machine-gunners.
Joseph has no known grave and is commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial France the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave.
Penn Street Belper.
Joseph was born and enlisted in Belper, he lived with his mother Eliza on Penn Street, his father Joseph was born in Dudley had been a soldier and a blast furnace labourer but he died in 1912.
Joseph had four brothers Arthur, Amos, Frederick, and Samuel he also had two sisters Lillie and Sophia.
Joseph worked in the tarmac department at Denby before enlisting.
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