Private Joseph Heywood

10th Battalion South Wales Borderers

Joseph was born in Baguley in 1889, the eldest of three children. Census records record him living with his parents in Baguley right up to 1911.  The census for that year shows his father, James, employed as a market gardener and Joseph as a wagonner.

In 1915 Joseph married Margaret Alice Maddocks somewhere in the Altrincham area, according to the Register of Marriages for 1915.

Sometime in 1918 Joseph enlisted in the 10th Battalion South Wales Borderers in Brecon. His choice of regiment is something of a mystery as up until 1918 it appears he had lived in the Baguley area; the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records gives his widow's address in 1919 as Floats Lane, Baguley.

Joseph served in France and died on 7 March 1919, aged 30.  He is buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France and commemorated at Christ Church, Timperley and on our War Memorial at St. John’s.

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