Dodd, Joseph E

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Hall

Name / Enw: Dodd, Joseph E

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal West Surrey Regiment (formerly 16th Lancers)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Gunner 22099 (formerly 18137)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 5D and 6D

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He was killed at Ailes, France on either the 24th, 25th or the 27th February 1917 aged 19.

He lived at Milllfield House, Northop Hall  The 1901 census places him there as a three year old in the home of his widowed grandmother, Margaret Dodd. Also living in the house were five of her children  George 26 was a brickyard labourer, William 22 was a coalminer as was 17 year old Charles, Richard was 12 and Margaret H was a ten year old daughter.

In the 1911 census he was living at Millfield Cottage Northop Hall which was by then the home of his uncles and aunt. The household comprised Head, George Dodd (a 36 year old steam crane driver), his brother Richard (22 year old brickyard worker) and his sister Margaret Hannah (20 year old housekeeper). Their nephew Joseph Edward was 13 and was at school.

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives the regimental details as stated above  and also tells us surprisingly that Joseph enlisted in Curragh Ireland

Joseph  served 2years 8 months in the army.  (*On the Flintshire Roll of Honour cards his regiment is described as 16th Lancers but his CWGC certificate and Northop Church memorial state the Royal West Surrey).