Attree, Joseph (1880-1918)

Listed in 1881 Census as aged 5 months, living at 21 Hoopers Road, Rochester. The youngest of 3 children, father David Attree (Mariner) and mother Jane.

1891 Census aged 11, now living at 13 Hoopers Road and gained another two siblings.

1901 Census aged 21 living at the same address and employed as a Dairyman. Two of his younger siblings are no longer listed.

1911 Census aged 31 still at the same address with his parents and one brother. Now listed as a Parcel Carman employed on the railway.

Military Career

Private, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment 21518

Killed in action on 11th February 1918

Buried in Noyon New British Cemetery, Picardy

He left effects of Ā£10 7s. 4d. to his brothers and sisters

Extract from the Regimental war diary (page 889)

1 ā€“ 8/2/18 Training

9-10/2/18 Move to GROVEN by route march, to NOYON by train and to VALENCY by route march.

11/2/18 Arrival of draft of 7 Officers and 174 other ranks from 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt, which had been disbanded.

Hostile Bombing raid. One bomb demolished a billet occupied by ā€œCā€ Company. Casualties:- Killed; 9 other ranks. Died of wounds 1 Officers & 2 other ranks. Wounded ; 6 other ranks.

12-13/2/18 Training

Joseph Attree was presumably killed in the bombing raid while behind the lines at a training camp. sources

1881 Census Class: RG11; Piece: 886; Folio: 79; Page: 50; GSU roll: 1341210

1891 Census Class: RG12; Piece: 657; Folio: 33; Page: 33; GSU roll: 6095767

1901 Census Class: RG13; Piece: 724; Folio: 38; Page: 34

1911 Census Class: RG14; Piece: 3892; Schedule Number: 254

National Army Museum; Chelsea, London, England; Soldiers’ Effects Records, 1901-60; NAM Accession Number: 1991-02-333; Record Number Ranges: 640001-641500; Reference: 378, comp. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.

Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95 Piece 2043/1-7: 54 Infantry Brigade: 7 Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment (1915 Jul – 1918 Jul)


Sean Ryan, 2016

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