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Barnbrook, Joseph

Joseph is the only one of the three Barnbrook men named on the Hawarden memorial that can be linked to Flintshire with some certainty although there is no index  card for him in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden.

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk states that he was born in Brierly Hill in Staffordshire. His place of residence when he enlisted in Shotton was Queensferry It confirms the regimental details above and adds that he died of wounds in Malta having served in ‘other areas’. (Gallipoli)

Joseph first appeared on a census in 1901  living with his family at 12, Virgin’s End, Brierley Hill, Staffordshire.   Head of the household was Elijah Barnbrooke  a Clay Miner age 36 who had been born in Brierley Hill.  His wife was  Annie, 30 who had been born in Pelsall, Staffordshire.  Their listed children were   Joseph  9, Phoebe 7,  Eliza, 5 and baby Annie Lizzie, 1 all of whom had been born in Brierly Hill.

The 1911 census sees the family living at the same address. Elijah 51 was recorded as a Coal Miner (Hewer). Annie 39 his wife of 19 years was a Housekeeper.  Annie & Elijah had suffered the deaths of 6 children as Annie had borne 10 children, only 4 of whom had survived.  Josep h was 19 years old and a Colliery Horsekeeper, below ground.Phoebe 17 was a Day Girl In Brickyard.  Eliza was 15  and Lizzie11.  There was a boarder living there as well, George Haines, a widower.   I believe that this was possibly Annie’s father.

I found a possible marriage of Elijah Barnbrook and Annie Haines in the December quarter of 1891. (Stourbridge Vol 6c   Page 223).

Joseph must have come to Queensferry after the 1911 census along with thousands of other men from the Midlands to find work at John Summers & Sons, Steelworks.

Joseph’s medal card also accessible on ‘ancestry’ records his medal details and tells us that his first theatre of war was the Balkans and that he entered it on 30th June 1915.   Less than 2 months later Joseph was dead, having been wounded and taken to Malta where he died 29th August 1915.

Isiah, John & Joseph Barnbrook are named on the St. Ethelwold’s Roll of Honour as well as the Hawarden War Memorial  It has not proved possible yet to link these three men to each other.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have transcribed the War Diary of the 8th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers for the period of the 5th August to the 31st August 1915 if you would like to know more about what happened.  I can send it to you if you contact the website or you can find it on Ancestry.

Isiah, John & Joseph Barnbrook are named on the St. Ethelwold’s Roll of Honour as well as the Hawarden War Memorial  It has not proved possible yet to link these three men to each other.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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