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Joseph was born at Arnold in 1886, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Sulley of Arnold. In the 1911 census he is living with his widowed father and three siblings at Front Street, Arnold at this time he is single 24 years and a coal merchant . He was married to Lily Sulley and they lived on Wood Street, Arnold (just off Front St near the Horse and Jockey). Some time after the reported death of Joseph, Lily remarried, to become a member of the Calladine family.
He was employed as a coal merchant
03 Oct 1918
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  • MM MM Military Medal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters and was eventually posted to serve with their 1/8th Territorial Battalion. Joseph was posthumously awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 14th May 1919, for his bravery as a Company Runner during the crossing of the St Quentin Canal and the subsequent action at Bellenglise on the 29th September 1918. This attack was a part of the breaking of the Hindenburg line by the 46th Division, and on the 3rd October 1918, the battalion were ready to attack again, this time their objective was the villages of Ramicourt and Montbrehain, this was dangerous work for the Germans had many machine guns on the outskirts of the villages and once into the village, house to house and hand to hand fighting commenced. It was during this attack that Joseph was Killed in Action by German fire. (Lt Col Bernard Vann V.C. the commanding officer, was also killed in this same attack and is also buried in Bellicourt cemetery - it is believed that Joseph was his runner at the time).He leaves a widow and one child.
He is buried in the Bellicourt British Cemetery, France
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