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He was the husband of Florrie Harris (née Newton) They were married at the Nottingham Registry Office on 4th October 1910 . They went on to have a daughter Connie. In 1911 they lived with his step mother, Emma Harris, at 72 Welbeck Street, St Ann's, Nottingham. Florrie later lived at 79 Hazelwood Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham. Her address at the time of her husband's death was 140 Noel Street, Nottingham. Following Joseph's death his widow Florence received a letter from the Ministry of Pensions dated 23rd October 1918 informing her she would receive a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pence a week commencing 4th November 1918 for her and her child.
He was a carter in 1911.r
02 May 1918
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Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Joseph attested in Mansfield on 11th May 1916 , his age was given as 28 years and 2 months , his occupation was that of a depot manager , he worked for Bowring Petroleum Company Ltd, a London based company with a depot at Sutton in Ashfield. He gave his religion as Church of England and his next of kin as his wife Florence of 4 Lawn View, Station Street , Sutton in Ashfield. The following day 12th May 1916 he was placed in the reserves. On 21st August 1916 he was mobilised and joined the Sherwood Foresters with service number 59465 . On 12th February 1917 he was transferred to the 31st Machine Gun Company. He embarked at Folkstone on 31st August 1917 , disembarking the same day at Boulogne and joined the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. During the battle for Kemmel Ridge he was wounded, sometime between the 12th -13th April 1918, he received a gun shot wound to the left thigh . He was returned back to Britain and hospitalised at the Edinburgh War Hospital, Bangour, West Lothian. Where he was treated , however he died of septicaemia on 2nd May 1918. His body was returned to his family and there was a military funeral at Nottingham and he was buried at (New Basford) Cemetery.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 6 May 1918, 'Harris. Died of woundsMay 2nd 1918, Private Joe H Harris, Machine Gun Corps, husband of Florrie Harris (nee Newton), 140 Noel Street, Funeral Basford.'
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