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Linby Nottinghamshire
Joseph Fairfield was born in 1889 in Linby and was the son of William a railway signalman and Annie Fairfield née Mallabone living at Railway Gate House Linby Nottinghamshire. His father William was born in 1855 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and his mother Annie Mallabone was born in 1857 also in Nuneaton, they were married in 1882 in Nuneaton and went on to have 5 children who were William b1883 Lowdham, Ernest b1885 Lowdham, Walter b1888 Linby, Joseph b1889 Linby and Annie b1897 in Linby. In the 1911 census the family are living at Gate House, Linby, and are shown as William 56 yrs a railway signalman, he is living with his wife Annie 54 yrs and their children Walter 23 yrs a drapers assistant, Joseph 22 yrs a grocers assistant and Annie 14 yrs a warehouse assistant. Joseph married Kate Whyatt (born 7th August 1887) in 1914, their marriage was registered in the Basford Registration district, they lived at 51 Co-operative Avenue, Hucknall and later 12 High Street, Hucknall.
He was a grocer's assistant.
20 Nov 1917
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Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Private Joseph Fairfield, enlisted at Derby and initially served with the service number 54405 in the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire ) Regiment before transferring to the 153rd Company Machine Gun Corps, he was killed in action on 20th November 1917. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.
Article published 22nd December 1917 in the Beeston Gazette & Echo :- “The news is to hand that he [Joseph Fairfield] was killed by a sniper on November 20. He had spent 12 month in France, and during that period he had been wounded once, though not seriously. He was 28 years of age, and four years ago married a daughter of Mr. William Whyatt. He was a grocer's assistant under the Co-operative Society, and his civil and obliging manner won for him the esteem of the members, some of whom feel the loss as keenly as though he was their own. The deceased soldier was the son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Fairfield, of the Gatehouse, and, like the rest of the family, made his spiritual home with the Wesleyans. Needless to say the gap here created as caused deep sorrow, for, as in shop life, he was immensely liked among the members of this religious body.” In memoriam published 19th November 1927 in the South Notts Echo :- “FAIRFIELD. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Joseph Fairfield, died in France November 20, 1917. “Just a token of remembrance, “For I often think of you. “ – Kate.” Above article and in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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