Gunner 121501 Joseph Whycherley Warren

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Killed in Action on Saturday, 28th July 1917, age 30.
Buried in Grave II. A. 20. at Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Royal Garrison Artillery, 325th Siege Battery.

Son of Mary E. Warren, of 70, Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffs., and the late Walter Warren.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: West Bromwich, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, May 1917.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Salem Chapel, and St. Peter's, Greets Green memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/90579/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Joseph Wycherley Warren registered December quarter 1886 in Dudley.

1901 Census
27 Sheepwash Lane, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Walter Warren (53, Hairdresser, born Tipton), his wife May E. (45, born Sedgley), and their 7 children: Lillie (23, Dressmaker, born Sedgley), Percival (17, Apprentice Pawnbroking, born Tipton), Joseph (14, born Tipton), Minnie (11, born Tipton), Beatrice (10, born Tipton), Clifford (6, born Tipton), and Charles E. (1, born West Bromwich).

1911 Census
215a Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
Mary Warren (55, Widow, Newsagent, born Sedgley), and 6 of her 7 surviving children of 13: Lillie (32, Dressmaker, born Sedgley), Joseph (24, Haridresser, born Great Bridge), Minnie (21, Typist, born Great Bridge), Beatrice (20, Assistant, born Great Bridge), Clifford (16, Haridresser's Assistant, born Great Bridge), and Charles (11, Schoolboy, born Great Bridge).

Personal Data

Joseph's brother, Percival, was to die of wounds on 11th August 1918 whilst serving with the Army Service Corps.

After Joseph's death his outstanding army pay and allowances was paid to his mother, Mary E. in February 1918; this amounted to £2/16/3d (2 pounds, 16 shillings and 3 pence). His War Gratuity of £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly) was also paid to his mother, in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Joseph had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

Action resulting in his death

The circumstances of Joseph's death are not known. The Royal Garrison Artillery operated some distance behind the lines due to the long-range nature of their guns. The enemy were always trying to destroy these positions to prevent the damage they caused, so it is possible that Joseph was a victim of this counter-battery fire.

Joseph is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, of which the CWGC says : "Coxyde (now Koksijde) was about 5 miles behind the front line. The village was used for rest billets and was occasionally shelled, but the cemetery was found to be reasonably safe. It became the most important of the Commonwealth cemeteries on the Belgian coast and was used at night for the burial of the dead brought back from the front line."

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald August 25th 1917
Information has been received that Gunner Joseph Warren, of the R.G.A., whose home is at 70 Great Bridge, was killed in action on July 28th. He joined the forces in October 1916, and after being stationed in various places for training, went to France in May last. Previous to enlisting, he was a hairdresser and newsagent carrying on the business of his father who died thirteen years ago. He was well known in Great Bridge and district, and the news of his death came as a shock to everyone. Gunner Warren was hairdresser to his Battery, and the officer who communicated the news to his home, expressed his sympathy and that of the Battery, adding that his death was a great loss to them.
Gunner Warren has two brothers still serving in France: Private Percy Warren, Motor Transport, A.S.C. (later killed in action 11th August 1918), and Gunner Clifford Warren, R.F.A.

Tipton Herald September 1st 1917
WARREN.- Gunner Joseph Warren, Royal Garrison Artillery, killed in action July 28th 1917. Deeply mourned by his mother, sisters and brothers (two still serving in France).
Mrs Warren and family (Newsagents, Great Bridge) tender their sincere thanks for letters of sympathy and kindness shown in their great sorrow.

Tipton Herald July 27th 1918
In Memoriam
WARREN - In loving memory of our dear brother Joe (Great Bridge), who fell in action July 28th 1917. Fondly remembered by Percy (in France), Minnie and niece Queenie.
WARREN - In ever loving memory of my dear sin, Gunner Joseph Warren, RGA, killed in action July 28th 1917
"My thoughts often wander
To a far off lonely grave
His name is often spoken
In the home he died to save."
WARREN - In loving memory of our dear brother, Gunner Joseph Warren, RGA, fell in action July 28th 1917. Ever in the thoughts of his sisters Lillie, Minnie, Beatrice, and always fondly remembered by his brothers Percy and Clifford (in France), and Charlie.

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Joseph's brother Percy, died of wounds on 11th August 1918.