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  • Family grave, Beeston Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand, August 2017.
Person Details
Beeston Nottingham
Joseph was the second son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Watts who had five children: William Henry b. abt 1883, Joseph Thomas birth registered 1885 J/F/M Basford, Arthur b. abt 1888, Lily b. 1890 (J/A/S Basford) and Percy birth registered 1893 J/F/M Basford. Percy died on 5 March 1895, death registered 1895 J/F/M Basford. The death register gives his age as 2 years old and this would match the date of registration of his birth although the headstone in Beeston cemetery gives his age as 3 years. However, the headstone is not contemporaneous with his death and a mistake might have been made. Arthur was a hosiery maker and from 1881 to 1911 he and his family lived at 14 City Road, Beeston. In 1901 all four surviving children - William Henry (17) a cycle hand fitter, Joseph T (16) a cycle hand fitter, Arthur (12) and Lily (10) - were living at home with their parents. The eldest son, William Henry, married Gertrude Annie Spafford in 1908 (marriage registered J/F/M Basford). Gertrude's family was from Beeston - in 1901 they were living at 136 Queen's Road - and her father, William, was a cycle packer, presumably working for the same company as his future son-in-law. In 1911 William Henry (27), a cycle maker, and Gertrude (27) were living at 14 Humber Avenue, Coventry, in the household of her widowed father, now a carpenter/joiner, and an unmarried sister, Louisa Ellen (30). William's parents and siblings - Joseph, Arthur and Lily - were still living at 14 City Road, Beeston, at the time of the census. Joseph (26) was working as a cycle plater, Arthur (22) worked for a telephone company (Ericssons) and Lily (20) was a French polisher, working for the same telephone company as her brother. Joseph's father, Arthur, died on 9 January 1920 aged 58 and his mother, Sarah, on 25 May 1949 aged 87. His brother Arthur died on 2 May 1957 aged 69
In 1901 he was a cycle hand fitter and in 1911 a cycle plater.
18 Aug 1916
819837 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Coventry.
1/6th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Joseph enlisted in Coventry, presumably where his brother, William, and his wife were still living. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Register of Soldiers' Effects: His father, Arthur, was his legatee. Inscription on headstone, Beeston Cemetery: 'Treasured memories of Arthur Watts died Jany. 9th 1920 aged 58 years. Sarah Ann his beloved wife died May 25th 1949 aged 87 years. Also their dear sons, Percy died March 5th 1895 aged 3, Arthur died May 2nd 1957 aged 69, Joseph Thomas missing on active service in France 1916 aged 31 years. Reunited.'
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  • Family grave, Beeston Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand, August 2017.
    Joseph Thomas Watts - Family grave, Beeston Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand, August 2017.