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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Beeston
The document 'Soldiers died in the great War' states that Joseph was born at Beeston, Nottingham, and that his place of residence is shown as being Arnold. In the 1911 census we find him living as a boarder on Calverton Road, Arnold. He is boarding with the Hopewell family and is 16 years of age and single he was born at Beeston, Nottingham and he is a coalminer ganger
He was employed as a coal miner - ganger
03 Sep 1916
21
180707 - CWGC Website
27926
Private
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters and joined the 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion of the regiment. At the beginning of September 1916, the battalion were in training near Bertrancourt, but on the 2nd of the month they received orders to move into the front line 1500 yards to the south of the village of Beaumont Hamel, on the Somme. At 5.10 am on the morning of the 3rd September, the battalion move to attack under an artillery barrage. At 6am “A” Company had occupied the first line of German trenches. By 6.10am they discovered that the enemy second line was very strongly held with many machine guns firing a wall of flying lead. Casualties on the part of the battalion were very heavy and reinforcements were requested. At 7.15am two companies of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps move up to reinforce the attack but the action was against them, the enemy being very strong in both artillery and machine guns. At 2pm orders were given for all to withdraw to their own trenches. Joseph was one of those who went forward that morning but was hit and killed instantly by the heavy hostile machine gun fire of the enemy,
He is buried in Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France, Plot D. Grave 18.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Joseph Ernest Wright - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle