Joseph Henry Western

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Scots Guards

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Lance Sergeant/Acting Sergeant 4478

Parents: Joseph Henry and Mary Rosina Western

Marital status: Married

Home address: High Street, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Bootmaker

Date of birth: 07/10/1881

Place of birth: Kingswood, Bristol

Date of death: 25/08/1918

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Mory Street Military Cemetery, St. Leger, Pas de Calais, France and commemorated on Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial

Age: 36

Further information:

Joseph was born in Kingswood, the son of a bootmaker and a tailoress and the eldest of six children with two brothers and three sisters. He signed up to the army in 1902 and married Christina Allan from Montrose in 1909 in Keynsham. Together they had two children a boy and a girl who were aged 8 and 4 respectively when Joseph died.

Joseph served with the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.

Joseph fought on the Western Front and Mory and St Leger, France, where he is buried, was recaptured by the allies at the end of August 1918 after severe fighting, by the 62nd (West Riding) and the Guards Division. It was during this engagement that Joseph was killed in action. One of Joseph's younger brothers James was also killed in action 3 years earlier. Both brothers were in the same battalion.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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