Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Tyne Cot
Children: Mary, Joseph
Regiment: Prince of Wales’s Own
Joseph McEvoy was born in 1878 in Bowling, Bradford, the son of David McEvoy and Mary Agnes, nee Hoey.David was a widower with three children from his first marriage. He died in 1898 while the family were living in West Bowling.By 1901 Joseph, at 22 years of age, had left home and was boarding at 409a Bowling Back Lane and working as a house painter. In 1909 he married Ann Mary Reynolds born in 1871 in Eccleshill. Shortly afterwards he enlisted in Richmond in the army, Regiment unknown, and took Ann
Mary to live in Richmond where their daughter Mary was born in 1911, twelve days prior to the census being taken. At this time Joseph was an Army Corporal living at No. 12 Married Quarters, The Castle, Richmond. His Regiment then moved to Farnham where his son Joseph was born in 1913.When war broke out in 1914 Joseph re-enlisted as Corporal 6926 in the 6th Battalion of the Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment). During the war Joseph served in Gallipoli, Egypt and France and his
Regiment took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 when he was wounded. During the battles on the Somme in 1916 Joseph’s Regiment took part as a reserve army in the Battle of Flers-Coulette 15th to the 22nd of September and also in the Battle of Thiepval 26th to 28th September when Joseph was wounded in the leg, neck and face. He recovered and was sent back to the front line taking part in the Battles of Ypres during the summer of 1917. He fought in the Battle of Menin Road 20th to 25th of September
1917 and the Battle of Polygen Wood 26th of September to the 3rd of October and was killed in action on the second day of this battle on the 27th September 1917. He was 38 years of age and at the time of his death was a Company Sergeant Major.Joseph is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial.He left his effects to his widow Ann and two children who received £6.16.7d on the 5th February 1918 and a War Gratuity of £25.0.0d on the 14th of October 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks