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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Serre Road Cemetery No 2. Photograph Murray Biddle
Person Details
Torworth Nottinghamshire
Joseph was the son of John Lamb and his wife Rebecca (née Stockdale). His father John was born in Wellow, Nottinghamshire, in about 1838. His mother Rebecca was born in 1841 in Dunham, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Stockdale, and baptised at Dunham St Oswald in December 1841. John and Rebecca were married at Dunham St Oswald on 16 May 1867 and had nine children, two of whom, Mary Elizabeth and Albert, died in infancy. Mary was born in 1872 and died the following year aged 9 months; she was buried in Blyth SS Mary & Martin churchyard on 2 June. Albert was born in 1883, baptised at SS Mary & Martin on 14 February 1883 and died aged 19 days; he was buried in the churchyard on 25 February. Their surviving children were: George Henry b. 1868 and John Charles b. 1870 who were born in Dunham and John baptised there, and Frank William b. 1874, Martha b. 1876, Fanny Elizabeth b. 1878, Lucy Ann b. 1880 and Joseph b. 1884 who were born in Torworth. Martha, Fanny, Lucy and Joseph were baptised at SS Mary & Martin, Joseph on 6 July 1884. John snr. was an agricultural worker and in 1871 he and his wife and two sons, George and John, were living in Dunham. However, they were recorded living in Torworth on the next two census. By 1891, though, only three of their seven surviving children were living at home: Fanny (13), Lucy (11) and Joseph (6). George (23) was a malster's labourer and lodging with a fellow malster and his family in Elkelsley, Harworth. John (20) was a farm servant at Scrooby and lodging with an agricultural worker, his wife and family. Frank (17), a farm servant, was still in Torworth but living with the farmer and his family. Martha (15), the eldest surviving daughter, was in Clayworth and a servant with a farmer's family. John Lamb snr. died in 1897 and was buried in Blyth SS Mary & Martin churchyard on 8 October. Rebecca died the following month and was buried in the same churchyard on 7 November. All the siblings were living apart by the time of the 1901 Census. George, a labourer at a maltings, had married Ellen Caudwell in late 1891 and they were living in Ordsall. John, a horseman on a farm, had married Harriet Smalley in 1895 (Blyth SS Mary & Martin) and was living in Harworth with his family. Frank had married Annie Maria Fullwood at Harworth & Bircotes All Saints in 1897 and they were probably living in Rotherham where the births of their first children were registered. Martha had married Charles Fullwood at Harworth & Bircotes All Saints on the same day as her brother's marriage and she and her husband, an agricultural labourer, and their children were living Harworth. Fanny was working as a servant in Ordsall in the home of William Kippex, a tobacconist, and his family. Lucy was a servant in Laughton, Rotherham, working for a farmer and his family. Joseph, a ploughboy, was living in Scrooby with the farm foreman/bailiff and his family. Fanny Elizabeth married George William Lindley, a house joiner, later in 1901 and in 1911 they and their four children were living at 12 London Road, Retford. Also in the home on the night of the census, was her brother Joseph, a labourer at the local rubber factory. It is likely that Joseph was still living with Fanny and her family when he enlisted in 1914. A report of his death in the local paper in 1916 gave his sister's address as 4 Dominie Cross Road, Retford.
1901 - ploughboy. 1911 - labourer (rubber factory). He was working for Messrs WJ Jenkins & Co. when he enlisted in 1914.
05 Jul 1916
609206 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Retford
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Joseph enlisted in Retford in 1914 and served with the 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). He served in France from 24 March 1915 and was killed in action the following year on 5 July 1916. He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No 2, France (grave ref: XXXVIII.B.5). Joseph qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Serre No. 2 Cemetery (extract): 'In June 1916, the road out of Mailly-Maillet to Serre and Puisieux entered No Man's Land about 1,300 metres south-west of Serre. On 1 July 1916, the 31st and 4th Divisions attacked north and south of this road and although parties of the 31st Division reached Serre, the attack failed. The 3rd and 31st Divisions attacked once more on the 13 November, but again without success. Early in 1917, the Germans fell back to the Hindenburg Line and on 25 February, Serre was occupied by the 22nd Manchesters. The village changed hands once more in March 1918 and remained under German occupation, until they withdrew in August. In the spring of 1917, the battlefields of the Somme and Ancre were cleared by V Corps and a number of new cemeteries were made, three of which are now named from the Serre Road. Serre Road Cemetery No.2 was begun in May 1917 and by the end of the war it contained approximately 475 graves (Plots I and II, except for Row E, Plot II which was added in 1922 and Row AA, Plot I which was added in 1927), but it was greatly enlarged after the Armistice by the addition of further graves from the surrounding area, including graves from the following smaller cemeteries [listed].' (www.cwgc.org.)
CWGC headstone personal inscirption: 'Sleeping amongst the brave' Pte J Lamb Retford Times 28 July 1916 Another person in the person of Pte J Lamb of the Sherwoos Foresters has made the great sacrifice. Deceased who was brother to Mrs G Lindley, 4 Dominie Cross Road and 32 years of age, enlisted in September 1914 and had celebrated two birthdays in the trenches. He had been in several of the famous episodes on the Western Front. Prior to joining the colours he was employed by Messrs W J Jenkins and Co.' WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: named Fanny Elizabeth Lindley as his next of kin, but erroneously described her as his mother. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his sister Fanny Elizabeth Lindley was his sole legatee
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Serre Road Cemetery No 2. Photograph Murray Biddle
    Joseph Lamb - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Serre Road Cemetery No 2. Photograph Murray Biddle