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Surname: OVERSBY

Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Garsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 5590

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 13th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1916-08-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Joseph Oversby was the son of John and Elizabeth Oversby, née Lund. John was born at Dent and Elizabeth in Grisedale, Yorkshire. Elizabeth was the daughter of Michael Akrigg and Izatt Lund, who married in 1849. Joseph was the cousin of Private John Edward Oversby (205635) (q.v.).

1891 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census: Hill - Joseph Oversby, aged 5[?] months, born Garsdale, son of John and Elizabeth Oversby.

1901 Great Crosby, Lancashire Census: 55, Alexandra Road - Joseph Oversby, aged 10 years, born Garsdale, Yorkshire, son of John and Elizabeth Oversby.

1911 Garsdale, Yorkshire Census - Hole House - Joseph Oversby, aged 20 years, born Garsdale. [Joseph was employed by his brother-in-law, James Dinsdale, Farmer.]

The British Army Service Record for Joseph Oversby exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Joseph Oversley [sic], 5590, Liverpool Regiment.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Joseph Oversley [sic]. 5590, 7th KLR.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Joseph Oversby, 5590, 1/7th Batt Liverpool Reg. Date and Place of Death: 17.8.16 France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister & administratrix - Rose Breaks. £5 2s. 1d.

Joseph is commemorated on the Great Crosby and Blundellsands War Memorial.

A short biography of Joseph is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

OVERSBY, Joseph, aged 25, K.R.R., son of Mr. John and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Oversby, of Hall Bank, Dent, killed in action in France Aug. 16, 1916.


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Private Joseph OVERSBY

Private Joseph OVERSBY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

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Surname: OVERSBY

Forename(s): Joseph


Residence: Great Crosby, Lancs

Enlisted: Bootle, Liverpool

Number: 5590

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: 13th Battalion


Died Date: 17/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: OVERSBY

Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5590

Rank: Private

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 13th Bn.

Age: 25


Died Date: 17/08/1916

Additional Information: Son of John Oversby, of Hallbank Dent, Sedbergh, Yorks.

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

13th (Service) Bn. King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

To Sandpit Camp (24/7), Ville-sur-Ancre (27/7), Sandpit Camp (11/8), forward positions Guillemont (14/8). Attack on German lines south of village (16/8) – forced to fall back to start positions. Casualties – 389. Relieved and to Citadel camp (18/8).

[Joseph Oversby was killed in action on the 17 August 1916.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


OVERSBY Joseph of 1a Ivy Leigh Tue Brook Liverpool private 7th battalion K.L.R. died 17 August 1916 in France Administration (with Will) Liverpool 26 June to Rose Breaks (wife of Jabez Breaks). Effects £104 5s. 4d.

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Private Joseph Oversby

Private Joseph Oversby

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Elizabeth Oversby, the mother of Private Joseph Oversby

Elizabeth Oversby, the mother of Private Joseph Oversby

John Oversby, the father of Private Joseph Oversby

John Oversby, the father of Private Joseph Oversby

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22 September 1916

OVERSBY – Killed in action, August 16th, Joseph, K.L.R., youngest son of John and the late Elizabeth Oversby, Hall Bank, Dent, and grandson of the late Michael Akrigg, Garsdale, aged 25 years.

22 September 1916


Information has been received that Pte. Joseph Oversby, son of Mr. John and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Oversby, of Hall Bank, Dent, of the King’s R.L., was killed in the trenches on the Western Front on August 16th last, aged 25 years. The deceased soldier enlisted in the 7th King’s last December, and went to France on July 16th. He has four other brothers serving their King and Country – one has been 16 months in France, two are with the Australians on Salisbury Plain, and one is at Oswestry with the 7th King’s. Deceased is a brother of Mrs. R. Breaks, of the Aintree Dairy, Bootle, Liverpool, who kindly supplies us with the above information.


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    2 Responses to Joseph OVERSBY

    1. Michelle Miller July 23, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      I am Joseph Oversby’s great niece and will be honouring his memory by placing a cross at the Thiepval Memorial on 6th August.
      On the 8th August I will be parading with The Royal British Legion on their Great Pilgrimage Parade in Ypres with 1200 Standard Bearers and 1200 Wreath Layers in honour of the fallen from WW1.

    2. Win July 23, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      This is my my mum’s uncle, her father was Michael Oversby born 1882. I live not far from where Michael and Agnes brought their family up, and had 5 girls and 2 boys. I will be on the Somme this year on 11/11/18 to pay my respects, his memorial is at Thiepval in France. Brought a lump to my throat to see my great grandma and grandfather, my 3rd brother is so like him. I live in Formby a sub district of Liverpool.

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