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Joseph Weldon, South Staffordshire Regiment, appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 6th January 1917. We learn that he was reported missing on 7 November 1914 and was presumed to have lost his life. His mother lived at 32 Moor Street We are also told that he had fought in South Africa prior to the war, was 24 years old and previously worked for Chillington Tool Works, and was educated at Moseley Village School

His Medal index Card shows his Regimental number as 9031, and that he was part of the BEF1914, and disembarked 4.10.1914, so was killed just over a month after he landed in Europe. Details for Joseph Weldon in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 include Birthplace: Chasetown Staffs, and Enlistment Place: Wolverhampton. The entry in the Register of Soldiers Effects records that he died on or since 7.11.1914, actual date unknown, and that payments of £6.3s.11d and £7.15s were made to his father, Richard, on 13.12.15, and 28.2.16. The CWGC website entry for Joseph Weldon has “Private Service No 9031 Date of Death 07//11/1914, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.”

No trace was found of Joseph on the 1901 Census, nor of the registration of his birth. On the 1911 census Joseph appears living at 19 St Matthews Street Wolverhampton, estimated birth year 1892, single, occupation Steam Harness Driver, Birthplace Lichfield, with parents Richard, age 53, Coal Miner, born Heath Town, and Mary Ann age 47, and siblings Amos age 24, Florence Elizabeth age 23, Moses age 21, Mary Ann age 17, Alice Maud age 13, Hannah age 10, Leonard age 3 and Alfred Richard age 2.

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