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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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Pte 27948 Joseph Atherton

  • Age: 26
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • D.O.W Tuesday 30th April 1918
  • Commemorated at: Esquelbecq Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: II.A.30

Joseph Atherton was born on 03rd March 1892 at 35 Torbock Street, Everton the son of Liverpool born builders labourer George Atherton and his Liverpool born wife Mary (nee) O'Neill. They married on 18th May 1891 at St Joseph's Church Liverpool  and had 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. Joseph was the first born and was Baptised at St Joseph's on 13 March 1892.

The 1901 Census shows 9 year old scholar Joseph living at 35 Torbock Street still with his parents and 4 siblings together with with his mother's parents the O'Neill Family.
From 1905 onwards Joseph's father, George, appears to be a resident at Walton Workhouse Hospital. 
The 1911 Census shows 19 year old Joseph as a Printers van lad at 9 Harker Place with his mother as head of the household, her occupation is shown as a Hawker. Also present are his two brothers Richard and George and sister Catherine. 
On 24 August 1913 Joseph marries Martha Gillbanks at St Nicholas Church Liverpool. At the time of the wedding he was 23 years of age and was employed  as a labourer. They lived at 10 St John's Terrace, Salisbury Street, Liverpool. Their first child is born on 18th September 1913 a daughter Mary Jane. 

Joseph enlisted in Liverpool  initially as Private 142182, Machine Gun Corps.

On 19th January 1915 another daughter is born; Kate.

On 08th August 1916 his younger brother 29055 George Atherton of  1st King's Liverpool Regimentt is killed in action after being reported missing near Guillemont France. 
Six months later on 09th February 1917 his other younger brother 13763 Richard Atherton is killed in action east of Curlu France with the 4th King's Liverpool Regiment. 
Following a transfer Joseph was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 27948 when he died of wounds on the 30th April 1918 aged 26. He now rests at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France.

A triple tragedy for the family, his mother mourning three of her sons in less than two years. His wife now widowed with two daughters who were aged 4 and 3 when Joseph died. 

On 19/09/19118 his Widow Martha received his back pay of £12:14s:6d at 10 St John's Terrace Salisbury Street and a War Gratuity of £14 on 16/04/1919.