Parents: Frederick & Elizabeth Esther, nee Sutcliffe
Occupation: Doffer, Manningham Mills
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: 8 Northumberland Fusiliers
Joseph Barnatt was born in Bradford in 1896 the son of Frederick Barnatt and Elizabeth Esther Sutcliffe. Frederick was born in Heckington, Lincolnshire in 1863 and Elizabeth in Bradford in 1867. They married in Bradford in 1885.Frederick and Elizabeth had four children and the family moved around: Emma born 1887 in Bradford, Fanny born 1889 in Guiseley, Ethel born 1892 and Joseph in 1896 both in Greengates,By 1901 the family were living in Turnpike Street, Elland, Frederick working as an excavator’s fireman. Ten years later they had moved to
62 Institute Road, Eccleshill. Frederick was working as a labourer and at 14 years of age Joseph was a doffer in a spinning mill. At the outbreak of war he was employed at Manningham Mills, Bradford.Joseph joined the 8th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers on 4th of May 1915 as Private 20760. The Battalion departed for the Mediterranean in July 1915 and landed at Gallipoli on 7th of August.
In January 1916 it moved to Egypt where it formed part of the Suez Canal defences. In July 1916 the Battalion moved to France where it took part in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1st July to 18th November 1916. Joseph was posted missing on 26th September 1916 and his mother appealed through the local newspapers for any news of her son. Army records show that at some time during his army career Joseph
was slightly wounded but had survived only to fall during the latter days of the Battle of the Somme. He was 20 years old.Joseph is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial as one of the many never recovered for burial.He left his soldiers effects to his father Frederick, who received £5. 9. 0d on the 26th November 1917 and the War Gratuity of £5. 10. 0d on the 7th August 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.