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One of our followers on our Facebook page, Sarah Birch, has shared the following story about her great uncle, who died on this day 100 years ago today.


Quite rightly, this week a lot has been written about the Battle at Neuve Chapelle, which was happening 100 years ago. BUT, this wasn’t the only battle ongoing at the time. Today marks the centenary of the death of my Great Uncle, Pte 11844 Joseph Price, 1st Btn Wiltshire Regiment. He was killed in action while taking part in a battle at Spanbroekmolen, which had been devised to prevent the Germans from throwing everything possible at Neuve Chapelle. The Wilts, together with the Worcesters attacked through fog and suffered the consequences. Joe was buried near to where he fell, but subsequent fighting resulted in his grave being lost and so today he is commemorated on the Menin Gate. Joe had a sad and short life. Born in Wolverhampton in 1892, his mother died when he was 7 years old. His father remarried, unsuccessfully, and Joe, together with his younger brother Tom, went into the Middlemore Home in Birmingham. From here they travelled to Canada where they were placed with willing families, but Joe never settled. How he made his way back to England, I don’t yet know, but he did, and enlisted in Canning Town shortly after the outbreak of war. His death came just 6 weeks after that of his elder brother, Fred. Today his medals hang in our hall, and he is remembered