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Joseph Black

Joseph BlackEarly Life

Joseph was the only son of Joseph and Elizabeth Black of 64 Barmouth Street, Bradford, Manchester. Before enlisting, Joseph worked in Bradford as a warehouseman.

Service Life

Private Joseph Black (31202) served with ‘C’ Company, 12th Battalion the Manchester Regiment, having enlisted in Manchester. For his service in the army, Joseph was awarded the Allied Victory Medal and British War Medal. Joseph’s medals can be seen in the Museum of the Manchester Regiment.

We Shall Remember Him

Joseph was posted missing in action and presumed dead on 4 August 1916, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Grave Memorial Reference – Pier and Face 13A and 14 C). His Next of Kin Memorial Plaque is on display in the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in the Ladysmith Gallery memorial cabinet drawer 3.

Joseph's medals (left to right) – British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal.Joseph's Dead Man's Penny

For more information on the next of kin memorial plaque also known as Dead Man's Penny click here