23 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Hoole

Joseph Hoole was born in Preston 1892.

His parents were Edward and Mary Ann (neé Hodson). 

Preston in England's north west (cc OpenStreetMap)

At the 1891 Census, age 2, Joseph ('Jos') lived at home (44 Bow Lane, Preston) with his parents, older brother Frederick and a lodger (his mother's brother). Both parents worked in a local cotton mill. 

Joseph's father died in April 1897 when Joseph was still only five years old.  Fred joined the Territorials when he was 18, as did Joseph when he was old enough. 

At the 1911 Census, age 22, Joseph, was working in a cotton mill, lived at home with his widowed mother, an uncle and aunt while Fred had left home - he was working as a  tobacconist and was married with a young family of his own. 

Men of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry resting on the way down from the trenches, near Wieltje, 1 October 1917. IWM Q6026

In May 1917, Joseph was sent out to France; he fought in the Third Battle of Ypres and at Cambrai where he was seriously wounded in both legs, right arm and chest.

He died of these injuries in a Casualty Clearing Station on 23 November 1917 and is now buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme. 

Cimetière britannique de Tincourt-Boucly by Rene Hourdry  CC SA BY 4.0

The Pension Record Card below confirms the 'died of wounds' as well as showing his dependent mother received a pension - as well as her address.

These pension record cards massively help family historians and those researching soldiers named on war memorials a great deal. 

202241 Pte Joseph Hoole, 1/4th Bn King's Own (Ryl Lancaster Regt)

23 November 1917

Fred Hoyle served in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment from 1914 and was demobbed in 1920 and able to return to his family; he died in 1974. 

Initial research by David O'Mara. Further research by Jonatha Vernon from the Census Returns and Pension Records. 

1891, 1911 Census Returns