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  • CWGC headstone in St Wilfred's Churchyard Extension, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo Carol Malone
Person Details
Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts
Joseph was the eldest child of Joseph and Sarah Ann Oscroft. Joseph and Sarah Ann were married in about 1885 and had six children: Joseph b. abt 1885, John b. abt. 1888, Hilda Ann b. 7 August 1892, William Arthur birth registered 1894 J/F/M Basford, Jessie b. 1897 and Winifred Alice b. 20 December 1898 (J/F/M Basford). All the children were born in Kirkby in Ashfield. The family lived at 21 Church Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, and in 1911 all six children were still living at home. Joseph Oscroft (54) was a colliery banksman, his son Joseph (25) was a railway platelayer, John (23) a colliery banksman and William (17) a colliery pony driver (below ground) while his eldest daughter Hilda (20) was a dressmaker working from home and his two youngest daughters, Jessie (14) and Winifred (12) were still at school. Joseph's brother William Arthur also served in the King's Royal Rifles (R10479 Private) enlisting in February 1915. He was killed in action on 24 August 1916 aged 22 (Delville Wood Cemetery). Sarah Oscroft completed forms for the Army in 1919 listing her sons' surviving blood relatives. She and her husband Joseph were still living at 21 Church Street, Kirkby in Ashfield. Neither son had married and their surviving siblings were listed as: John (31) of 13 Cookson Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Annie [Hilda Ann] Taylor (28) of 2 Glenfield Street, Loscoe, Derbyshire, and Jessie (22) and Winifred Alice (20) both of 21 Church Street. Hilda Anne had married William G Taylor in 1913 (O/N/D Basford); she probably died in 1973 (Sep Nottingham) aged 81. Winifred Alice probably married John T Smith in 1923 (J/A/S Basford) and died in 1990 (May Basford) aged 91 (b. 7 August 1892).
He was a plate layer for a railway company in 1911. His occupation was given as colliery stoker when he attested in 1915.
18 Oct 1918
2750020 - CWGC Website
21 Church Street, Kirkby in Ashfield
6th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Joseph enlisted in February 1915 at the age of 28 years 298 days and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps. His brother, William, probably joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps the same day as they have consecutive service numbers. His Attestation record survives and shows that he served: Home 10 February 1915-15 October 1915, BEF October 1915-12 June 1916, Home 13 June 1916-23 September 1916, BEF 26 September 1916-14 November 1917, Home 15 November 1917-12 May 1918, BEF 13 May 1918-9 October 1918. The entry following 9 October refers to Home service although the dates are illegible, however this will relate to when he was evacuated from France and transferred to hospital possibly in Oxford. Earlier periods of home service appear to coincide with admissions to hospital: Beaufort War Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol, in June 1916; Nevan Military Hospital, Sandgate, Kent, in November 1917 (ICT left leg) and a period in February 1918. He had furlough from 1 July 1916-10 July 1916, giving his home address of 21 Church Street. Joseph died in hospital in England of wounds received in action and is buried in Kirkby-in-Ashfield (St Wilfrid) Churchyard Extension.
CWGC headstone, personal inscription: 'Not my will but Thine be done'
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  • CWGC headstone in St Wilfred's Churchyard Extension, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo Carol Malone
    Joseph Oscroft - CWGC headstone in St Wilfred's Churchyard Extension, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo Carol Malone