Died of Wounds 28th April 1917
Joseph was born in about August 1895 to Samuel and Margaret Stubbs who by 1901 were living on Congleton Road Holmes Chapel.
Samuel was a ’Coal and Produce Merchant’s Manager’ and his wife was a ‘Coal and Produce Merchant’. In 1901 when Samuel was 43 and Joseph five, there were three other sons and a daughter in the family.
In 1911 the family were living in a double fronted house in Church View and Joseph was a schoolboy aged 15 at Cranage School.
Joseph enlisted into the 26th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) of the Northumberland Fusiliers with number 34858 and the rank of Private.
He fought in France and Flanders and in early April 1917 he was wounded and sent to hospital in London. Unfortunately he developed pneumonia and passed away on 28th April 1917. He was aged 22.
He was buried in grave G.609 in Middlewich cemetery.
The home of the Stubbs family
Killed in Action July 1917
According to the Parish Magazine, in January 1917 he was reported out of hospital (reason not recorded) and in April 1917 was sent to the front. He was reported missing in July 1917 and in March 1918 officially reported killed in action.
His death is recorded on the Roll of Honour in St Luke’s Church and on the war memorial.
'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'
Extract from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon