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Remembering today on the GWF - L/cpl Joshua Jackson, DoW 4/10/15


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Joshua was the youngest son of George and Annie Jackson of Ratcliffe Street, Stockport. He was engaged to be married to Dorcas Burton. As with many local men, he worked in the towns hatting industry at Carringtons Ltd

Joshua enlisted at Stockport in September 1914. The Battalion trained in Kent before going to France, arriving in the Somme area just five weeks before he died.

He was only the second man of his Battalion to die on active service and he is recorded as having died of wounds whilst in a military hospital. It cannot be known for certain when he was injured but, the previous day, the Battalion had taken over a section of the front line, relieving another unit. Reliefs were a favourite time for the enemy to shell the trenches and Harry Rock had been killed. It is probable that Joshua was injured by the same shell.

It is understood that Joshua had four brothers also serving in the forces. Three would return to Stockport. Charles was killed on 22 August 1918.

Joshua is remembered, with honour, on the main town memorial, at Stockport Art Gallery. In 1918, Dorcas married Joseph Marsden at St martin's Church, Norris Bank, Stockport.

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lest we forget.

Best regards Keith

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