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25 Nov 1874
Caunton Nottinghamshire
Joseph Hempshall was born on 25th November 1874 at Caunton was the son of Thomas Hempshall and his first wife Emma nee Herrod. His father Thomas was born in Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, and his mother Emma in Bathley, Nottinghamshire. They were married in 1875 (O/N/D Southwell and had at least two children, Joseph birth registered 1876 (J/F/M Southwell) and Sarah Ann b. 1880 J/A/S Southwell. Both children were born in Caunton, Nottinghamshire. In 1881 Thomas (27), an agricultural labourer, and Emma (22) were living at Moor Houses, Caunton, with their two children, Joseph aged 6 and Sarah 9 months. Joseph's mother Emma died in 1896 (O/N/D Southwell) aged 39 and his father Thomas married Emma Marshall in 1899 (O/N/D Southwell). They had a daughter, Edith, b. Debdale Hill, nr Newark in 1901 (A/M/J Southwell). In 1891 Joseph, an agricultural labourer (servant), was living on High Street, Kersall, Nottinghamshire, in the household of William Wombell, a farmer, and his wife Mary. By 1901 he was lodging in Attercliffe near Sheffield in the home of a widow, Mary Long (76) who kept a lodging house. However, in 1911 Joseph was living at Debdale Hill near Newark with his father Thomas (57) a farm labourer, his step-mother Emma (51 b. Norwell) and step-sister Edith (9). Joseph was still employed as an agricultural worker.
He was an agricultural labourer
08 Dec 1914
1613701 - CWGC Website
He was living in Newark when he enlisted
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Private Joseph Hempshall enlisted at Newark and served with the 1st battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He served in France from 8 November 1914 and was killed near Ypres a month later on 8 December 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Source: The Muskhams, Little Carlton and Bathley in the Great War, Published 2014 by the Bathley History Society (Courtesy of Trevor Frecknall) Nottinghamshire Archives: South Muskham St Wilfrid, ref. PR18,32912. This undated document, probably originating from the Diocesan office, refers to a request to Anglican clergy to maintain a record of those from their parishes who served/died during the war. Three names were handwritten on the back of the document including that of Joseph Hempshall with the additional information '1st Lincs, age 40 on 25 November 1914 [b 1875/1876]. Killed probably in neighbourhood of Ypres December 8, 1914.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father Thomas was his sole legatee.
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