Joe Gledhill (c.1891-1917)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

GLEDHILL, JOE. Sergeant. No 305068. 2/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Golcar. Son of Charles and Amelia Gledhill, of Southport, and formerly of Golcar. Husband of Mary A. Gledhill 160 Leymoor Road, Golcar. Attended St. John's Church, Golcar. Prior to enlistment, had worked for Mr S. T. Shaw, chemist, of Golcar and then for Messrs Hirst and Mallinson of Longwood as a weaver. Had served eight years in the local Territorials. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. During the Battle of Bullecourt, on 3.5.1917, Sergeant Gledhill was reported missing but it was later ascertained that he and a few of his men were imprisoned in a shellhole for five days and were utterly exhausted when eventually discovered at the end of that time. Killed in action, 17.9.1917, aged 26 years. Buried FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row F, Grave 20.
His widow received letters from four of his chums and one the letters said, 'Your husband was in charge of a working party when he was hit in the back of the head by a shell and he never regained consciousness, death being instantaneous. Sergeant Gledhill was very highly thought of by all, his cheery disposition and true heartedness endearing him to Officers and men alike.'
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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