Private 40082 Joseph Partridge

Killed in Action on Saturday, 18th November 1916, age unknown.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

10th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 57th Brigade of 19th Division.

Born: Wednesbury, Enlisted: Wednesbury, Resident: Tipton.

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

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/808497/

Genealogical Data

It is not possible to identify Joseph Partridge born Wednesbury on the 1901 and 1911 Census records, as there are a number of options and no other information.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The Battle of the Ancre, from the 13th to 18th November 1916, was the final battle of the 1916 Somme campaign. It began with the capture of Beaumont Hamel, St. Pierre Divion and Beaucourt, and later the capture of the Schwaben Redoubt which had been reached but never captured way back on 1st July.

On final push on the east bank of the Ancre was attempted on the 18th November. The 10th Worcesters were in reserve, and allocated the task of "mopping up", and were split by company to support the other 3 battalions of their 57th Brigade.

On the right with the 8th North Staffs the attack was successful, in the centre with the 10th Royal Warwicks the attack failed from the outset, and on the left with the 8th Gloucesters there was confusion. To quote Stacke "On the left the attack swept across "Battery Valley" and became engaged in a wild struggle among the defences on that valley's further slope. There, two Worcester platoons which attacked on the extreme left flank of the Brigade were cut off and never heard of again. All that day the fighting continued. The enemy resisted stubbornly and no more ground could be gained."

Among the 22 Other Ranks of the 10th Worcesters killed on that day was Pte Joseph Partridge. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 20th January 1917
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT- Partridge, 40082, J., (Tipton).