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Joseph was born in Arnold in 1883, the son of John and Agnes E Palmer, he had 4 siblings. In the 1911 Census he is shown as living at 57 West Street, Arnold along with his wife Emma born 1882 and his daughter Louis born in 1907 he had been married to Emma for 5 yrs and his occupation is given as a laundryman.
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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