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Joseph Sulley was born at Arnold in 1886, the son of Thomas a baker and the Elizabeth Sulley née Fleet of Front Street, Arnold. His father Thomas was born in 1864 at Arnold, his mother Elizabeth Fleet was born in 1868 at Arnold, she died in 1909 aged 41 yrs, they were married in 1885 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they had the following children, Joseph b1887, Sarah b1889, William b1890 and Annie b1893 all were born in Arnold. In the 1911 census the family are living at Front Street, Arnold and are shown as Thomas 47 yrs a widow a baker, he is living with his children, Joseph 24 yrs a carter for a coal merchant, Sarah 22 yrs a house keeper, William 21 yrs a baker and Annie 18 yrs a hosiery mender. Joseph married his wife Lily Merryweather (born 1886) in 1913 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they went on to have a son Jack born in 1915, they lived at 10 Hallam's Lane, Arnold. His widow was awarded a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pence a week which comenced on 28th April 1919 Some time after the reported death of Joseph, Lily remarried, to become a member of the Calladine family.
He was employed as a carter for a coal merchant
03 Oct 1918
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  • MM MM Military Medal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Joseph Sulley enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters Regiment 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 was killed in action on 3rd October 1918 and is buried in the Bellicourt British Cemetery, France
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