Siblings: Sarah, Ruth, James, George, Elizabeth, Harry
Occupation: Painter and decorator (1901)
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Saltaire URC; Ypres Menin Gate
Children: one son
Regiment: King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Joseph Stead was born in 1883 in Bingley to Thomas and Hannah, who by the birthplaces of their children, travelled between Yorkshire and Lancashire quite a lot.By 1891 Hannah is given as head of the house at Well Croft, Shipley but still married – Thomas presumably working away. But by 1901, she is a widow with seven children living at Westgate.By the time he entered the war and went to France on 5 December 1914, Joseph was married to Annie and living in Bolton Woods.
It was she who received the letter from his friend that said while ‘acting as a stretcher bearer, he fond her husband dead. The writer added that he had lost his best “pal.”The report added that he left a widow and one son and that his brother Harry was also serving with King’s Own Scottish Borderers.According to the listing on the Commonwealth Graves Commission, Annie later re-married becoming Annie Bradbury.Based on Shipley Times & Express article 7 May 1915.