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Joseph was born in Arnold in 1883, the son of John a frame work knitter and the late Agnes Ellen Palmer née Jordan. of Chapel Lane, Arnold. His father John was born in 1860 at Arnold, his mother Agnes Ellen Jordan was born in 1860 in Arnold she died in 1891 she was 31 yrs of age, they were married on 3rd September 1882 at St Marys Church, Arnold, they went on to have the following children, Joseph b1883, Thomas b1885, Sarah b1886 and Catherine b1886. Joseph married his wife Emma Hudson (born 1883) in 1906 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they lived at 57 West Street, Arnold, they had a daughter Louis born 1906. In the 1911 Census the family are living at 57 West Street, Arnold and are shown as Joseph 28 yrs a laundry man, he is living with his wife Emma 29 yrs and their daughter Louis 4 yrs of age. Following his death his widow was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 9 pence a week which commenced on 26th November 1917.
He was a laundry man
03 May 1917
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2/5th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private Joseph Palmer, enlisted at Derby and served with the 2/5th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, he was killed in action on 3rd May 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was killed in action during the battles of Arras, the British attack was initially a great success, with some massive advances into the German lines of up to three and a half miles in some areas. However, the momentum of the attack cooled and the whole became yet another battle of attrition, with both sides slogging away at each other and both sustaining very heavy casualties. It was during this action that Joseph was killed in action. We do not know the exact circumstances of his death, but his body was never identified and he is commemorated on Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial, France.
He had a younger brother Thomas who also served and died in the 'Great War' In memoriam published 3rd May 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “PALMER. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Joseph Palmer, K.O.Y.L.I., killed in action May 3rd, 1917. No loved ones stood beside him to hear his last farewell, not a word of comfort could he have from those who loved him well. – From loving wife, [Emma] son, Aunt Selma.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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