Private 15188 Joseph Crockett

Died of Wounds Home on Tuesday, 15th August 1916, age unknown.
Commemorated on Screen Wall E.28537 at Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery, United Kingdom.

10th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales Own). 50th Brigade of 17th Division.

Born: Dudley Port, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/404226/

Genealogical Data

The following is likely to be the correct genealogy, but not guaranteed! There were few men named Joseph Crockett born in Tipton in the right time period to serve in the war; this Joseph Crockett was 32 years of age which seems plausible. The Soldier's Effects showing the distribution of money owed after Joseph's death has his next-of-kin as his sister, Elizabeth Parsons. Joseph had numerous brothers, but only one sister - Elizabeth - Elizabeth Crockett married Thomas Parsons in 1911. This makes this genealogy more likley to be correct.

1891 Census
40 Bowyer Street, Aston, Birmingham.
Thomas Crockett (34, Boatman, born Tipton), his wife Ann (30, born Droitwich), and their 5 children: Thomas (8, Scholar, born Linslade, Bucks), Joseph (7, Scholar, born Tipton), Frank (6, Scholar, born Water Eaton, Bucks), Peter (4, born Birmingham), and James (2, born Fenny Stratford, Bucks).

1901 Census
11 House 5 Court, Floodgate Street, Birmingham.
Ann Crockett (Head, age: not known, born: not known), and her 7 children: Frank (16, Saddler, born Birmingham), Peter (14, Wood Turner, born Birmingham), James (12, born Birmingham), Elizabeth (9, born Birmingham), George (6, born Birmingham), John (4, born Birmingham) and William (6 months, born Birmingham).
Her husband Thomas, and sons Thomas and Joseph were absent and no trace can be found of them. Given her husband's occupation as a Boatman, it is possible that he and his sons were absent on census night on a canal boat.

1911 Census
There is no trace of this Joseph Crockett, but a theory is that he is a Boatman, and missed by the census.
His father Thomas Crockett (56, Widower, Captain - Canal Boat, born Dudley), plus his 2 sons John (14, Mate, born Birmingham) and William (10, Boy, born Birmingham) were aboard canal boat Sarah Ann, moored in Castlethorpe Wharf, Cosgrave, Northants.

Personal Data

If the assumption regarding the census is correct, Joseph's connection with Tipton seems fleeting, possibly born aboard a canal boat or at his grand-parents' house. It is posible that he followed his father's occupation as Boatman, and was missed by the census because of this. This is only conjecture, based on lack of fact.

After Joseph's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £6/6/1d (6 pounds, 6 shillings and 1 penny); this was paid to his sister and sole legatee, Elizabeth Parsons, in April 1917. His War Gratuity was £9/0/0d (9 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his sister in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Joseph had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

Joseph served abroad after December 1915, but was wounded and died from his wounds in August 1916 in England. As part of the 17th (Northern) Division, it is possible that he was involved in the first day of the Battle of the Somme when the 17th Division captured Fricourt.

Joseph died in the 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol. He is buried in Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery, he does not have a marked grave, a Screen Wall commemorates those buried in the cemetery who are not marked by headstones.

Newspaper Cuttings