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Born: 1897, Bolton, Bradford
Died: 26 September 1917
Buried: Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery
Address: 6 Back Manor Street, Eccleshill
Parents: William & Mary Ann, nee Linney
Siblings: Edith
Occupation: Pullan Womesley’s, grocery, Eccleshill
Rank: Gunner
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s
Regiment: RFA
Joseph Pickles
Joseph Pickles was born in Bolton, Bradford in 1897 the son of William and Mary Ann, nee Linney. Very little is known about this family but they appear on the 1901 census when they were living at 6 Back Manor Street, Eccleshill.   William is working as a worsted overlooker and two children had been born, Joseph in 1897 and Edith in 1900.    They were still living at the same address in 1911 where Mary is shown as a widow although William’s death was not registered until later that summer.   The entry shows that another child had been born, probably before Joseph, but had died. The date of enlistment for Joseph is not known but he served as Private 780742 in the “A” Battery of the 246th (West Riding Brigade) of the Royal Horse and Field Artillery.   Joseph was killed in action on the 26th of September 1917 which was the first day of the Battle for Polygon Wood, one of the battles of Ypres 1917.  He was 20 years of age. He is buried at the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.     Kemmel Chateau was north-east of Kemmel village. The following piece appeared in the Shipley Times & Express on 28 September 1917: Mrs Pickles of 6 Back Manor St, has received a letter from Bomardier H Greenwood, 104 Undercliffe Road, notifying her that her son had been killed. After expressing his sympathy he says: “Joseph was killed while in action on Sunday night. The loss of such a fine soldier is keenly felt throughout the battery. “Joseph Watson, Stanley and myself coming from practically the same street, always seemed to have a brotherly feeling toward each other “I attended the funeral on Monday and he was buried in a quiet little place behind the firing line.” Gunner Joseph Pickles joined the Royal Field Artillery two years ago last May and has been in France fourteen months. He was formerly employed at Pullan Womersley’s, grocer, Stone Hall Road, Eccleshill. Joseph left his effects to his mother Mary who received £4.9.3d on the 12th of December 1917 and a War Gratuity of £10.0.0d on the 15th of November 1919. Eccleshill Roll of Honour Eccleshill Roll of Honour Eccleshill Roll of Honour
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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