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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 196527 Joseph Dutton

  • Age: 41
  • From: Toxteth Liverpool
  • Regiment: LABOUR CORPS
  • Died on Saturday 23rd June 1917
  • Commemorated at: Walton Park
    Panel Ref: V.40

Joseph was born in Toxteth, Liverpool in 1876, the son of Henry Dutton and his wife Grace Ann (née Owens). His parents were both deaf, his mother since birth. His father, born in Chester in about 1846, and his mother in Liverpool in about 1855, married in 1873. Their first child, Richard was born in 1874, but died at age 2. Joseph was baptised in St. Catherine’s C of E Church in Abercrombie Square on 10th December 1876, his parents’ residence given as 1 Vicars Street, and his father’s occupation listed as printer.

The family appears to have moved around, living at different addresses and baptising their children in different churches. William Henry was born in 1878, his parents then living at 242 Beaufort Street. 

In 1881 the family is at 199 Beaufort Street, Toxteth. His father is 35, a printer, his mother is 26, Joseph is 4 and William 2.

When John was born in 1885 they lived in court housing in Rathbone Street, (John died in infancy).  A daughter Grace Mary was born in 1888, the family living in Marine Drive. 

1891 finds them in court housing in Kitchen Street. His father, 45, is a lithographic printer, Joseph 16, is a machine printer, William is 12, and Grace 3. They have a deaf lodger.

Joseph married Ellen (Nellie) Lyon on 16th October 1899 at St. Cleopas, Toxteth Park. He gives his age as 23, occupation as carter and his residence as 19 Benbridge Street. Nellie lives at 16 Benbridge Street, and gives her age as 22 (she was not yet 21).

Their daughter Grace Ann was born on 8th February 1900, her parents living at 24 Benbridge Street and Joseph employed as a carter, according to her baptism record. Another daughter, Mary Alice, was born in February 1901.

The 1901 Census finds the family at 15 Gore Street, Toxteth Park. Joseph is 24, a railway carter, Ellen is 22, Grace Ann is 1, and Mary Alice 1 month old.  They live at the same address as his in-laws, Thomas and Mary Lyon and sons Richard and William. Joseph’s parents are living in separate households in Toxteth and his sister Grace is living in Rawenstall, Lancashire, as an adopted daughter with the Birdtwistle/Knowles family (relationship unknown);  Grace is 13, working in a cotton mill.

His son John Joseph, called Joseph, was born in April 1903, followed by Ellen in 1905.  Another daughter, Elizabeth Margaret was born in 1907 but sadly died at age 2 in 1910.

The 1911 Census finds that the family are living at 4 Oak Place, off Clive Street, Toxteth.  Joseph is 34, a dock labourer, Nellie is 32.  Alice 10, Joseph 8, and Ellen 6, are at school.  Also in the household is his widowed mother Grace Ann, 56, a charwoman, house cleaner at home.  Although his mother is listed as a widow on the census, his father appears to still be living and died in March 1915.  Henry Dutton, aged 69, lithographic printer, of 42 Lydiate Street, was buried in Toxteth Park Cemetery.

Joseph enlisted in Liverpool joining the 20th Battalion of THe King's Liverpool Regimetn as Private 22149 and his regimental number, implies that Joseph enlisted in November 1914. However, the amount of the War Gratuity suggests he joined in 1916, likely conscripted.  At some point he was transferred to the Labour Corps. Soldiers’ Effects gives his unit as 7th Labour Corps. The Labour Corps was formed in early 1917, of soldiers from infantry battalions who were unfit for front-line duty.  Most served overseas, on the Western Front or in Salonika, but almost 175,000 served in the U.K. at military bases, and in factories and hospitals supporting the war effort.

Joseph died on 23rd June 1917 at the War Hospital, Morton Banks, Keighley, Yorkshire.  No Medal Card or Medal Roll has been found for him, indicating that he did not serve overseas, and likely died of disease. His body was returned to Liverpool from Keighley, 65 miles away, and he was laid to rest in Walton Park Cemetery on 29th June 1917, the burial record showing his age as 42.

His CWGC headstone shows 22149 King’s Liverpool Regiment, age 41.

His children were 17, 16, 14, and 12 years old when Joseph died.  Nellie, living at 12 Vaughan Street, received his Army effects, including a War Gratuity of £3-10s. She was awarded a pension for herself and two minor children.

In September 1939 his mother was resident in Kirkdale Homes, 241 Westminster Road.  She died aged 87 in January 1940.

His daughter Grace married in 1923 but sadly died in 1930, aged 30. His daughter Mary Alice married, raised a family, remained in Liverpool, and died in 1959. His son John Joseph married, lived in Toxteth with his wife and children and died in 1972 aged 69. It is not known what became of his wife or daughter Ellen. 


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