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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Embsay, Yorkshire

Service No: 14896

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Joseph Metcalfe was the son of Aaron Thompson and Sarah Metcalfe, née Taylor and half-brother of Private John Thomas Metcalfe (24062) (q.v.). Joseph's father was born at Bradford, Yorkshire and his mother at Manchester, Lancashire. Joseph was the brother-in-law of Corporal Thomas Upton (15886) (q.v.).

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 22, Low Spring Gardens - Joseph Thompson, aged 7 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, son of Aaron and Sarah Thompson. [In the 1891 Embsay Census, Sarah Metcalfe and her children were living at The Fold with Aaron Thompson.]

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: School Yard, Otley Street - Joseph Metcalfe, aged 17 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, son of Sarah Metcalfe (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Joseph Metcalfe, 14896, W. Rid. R. Died.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Joseph Metcalfe, 14896, 2 W. Rid. R. Died 1.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Joseph Metcalfe, 14896, 2nd Bn. W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 1.7.16. Death presumed. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister - Jane E. £6 10s. 9d. Half sister - Ada Upton. £1 5s. 9d. Sister - Ellen. £1 5s. 8d. Sister in Law - Sarah E. £1 5s. 9d. Share due to decd. half Brother - John Thomas. [Sister in Law] - Sarah E. £1 15s. 0d.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

SKIPTON

METCALFE, James [Joseph], aged 23, West Riding Regiment, 5, Prospect Terrace, killed in action, France, 1917.

METCALFE, Joseph. [Additional]

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Private Joseph METCALFE

Private Joseph METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): Joseph

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence: Skipton

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 14896

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14896

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 01/07/1916

Additional Information: Brother of Miss J. E. Metcalfe, of Gregory Cottage, Grassington, Skipton, Yorks.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

From assembly trenches east of the sugar factory on Mailly-Maillet-Serre Road moved forward 8.55 a.m. (1/7) in support of attack between Beaumont-Hamel and Serre. Advancing on Brigade’s left fought through into The Quadrilateral – by nightfall holding Burrow, Wolf and Legend Trenches. Casualties – 323.

[Joseph Metcalfe was killed in this action on the 1st July 1916.]

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27 April 1917

METCALFE – July 1st 1916, killed in action in France, Pte. Jos. Metcalfe, West Riding Regiment, formerly of 5, Prospect Terrace, Skipton, aged 23 years.

27 April 1917

SKIPTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR – PTE. JOSEPH METCALFE

Pte. Joseph Metcalfe, of the West Riding Regiment, whose sister lives at No. 5 Prospect Terrace, Skipton, is now assumed by the War Office to have been killed on or since July 1st of last year. On the date named he took part in the first of the great operations by the British Army, and after the roll-call he was posted as missing. Numerous enquiries as to his fate have been made by his sister, who only received the official intimation named on Saturday last. Private Metcalfe, who was 23 years of age, enlisted three months after the outbreak of war and went to France in April last year. As a boy he worked at Belle Vue Mills, Skipton, and later he was a porter at Gisburn Station (L. & V.). His married brother, Pte. John Thos. Metcalfe, is also serving with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

04 May 1917

SKIPTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR – PRIVATE JOSEPH METCALFE

We reproduce a photograph of Pte. Joseph Metcalfe, of the West Riding Regiment, whose sister lives at 5, Prospect Terrace, Skipton, and who, as announced in our columns last week, is assumed by the War Office to have been killed on or since July 1st 1916 in action on the Western Front. Official information to this effect was received by the sister of the deceased on Saturday April 21st. He was 23 years of age, and at one time worked at Belle Vue Mills, Skipton, and afterwards as a porter at Gisburn Station.

05 July 1918

METCALFE – In affectionate remembrance of Private Joseph Metcalfe, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who was reported missing, since then officially reported killed, July 1st, 1916.

Two long years have passed away
Since that great sorrow fell;
Still in my heart I mourn the loss
Of him I loved so well.

From his loving sister Janie, 5 Prospect Terrace, Skipton.

02 July 1920

METCALFE – In affectionate remembrance of my dear brother, Pte. Joseph Metcalfe, killed in France, July 1st, 1916.

“A day of remembrance sad to recall.”

Ever remembered by his Sister, 5 Prospect Terrace, Skipton.

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27 April 1917

METCALFE – Previously, reported missing, now officially reported killed, Pte. James [Joseph] Metcalfe, of the West Riding Regiment, of 5, Prospect Terrace, Skipton. aged 23.

27 April 1917

SKIPTON SOLDIERS KILLED

Pte. James [Joseph] Metcalfe, of the West Riding Regiment, whose sister lives at 5, Prospect Terrace, Skipton, and who was reported missing since July 1st last year, is now officially reported by the War Office to have been killed. He was 23 years of age, and enlisted in November, 1914, he having been out in France since April, 1915. When a boy he worked at Belle Vue Mills, Skipton, and afterwards as a porter at Gisburn Lancashire and Yorkshire Station. His married brother, Pte. John Thomas Metcalfe, is also serving with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

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