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Joseph Bostock


Joseph Bostock was born in Haslington in early 1889, the son of James and Jessie Bostock. He was baptised on February 3, 1889 at Haslington Parish Church. His father, James, was a Joiner by trade and in 1891, the family were living at Brook Terrace, in Haslington.

Early Life

In 1901, the family were still living in Haslington, though they had moved to Bold Street. By the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved again and were living at 19 Hungerford Terrace, in Crewe. Joseph’s older sister, Mary, had left home, but he and his younger sister, Nellie, were still living with their parents.

Chester College

Joseph was by this date a qualified Teacher, having left Chester College in 1909.

Military Service

Joseph was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 10th Battalion Cheshire Regiment and served with “C” Company. In 1917, he married Olive May Lakin, in Nantwich. In March 1918, he was serving with his Battalion when the German Offensive took place.

Lest We Forget

On March 21, 1918, the Great German Offensive led to Joseph being reported as missing and later kill in action.

Post Mortem

Joseph was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. He is buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, in France.