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Name: Joseph Herbert WAUGH
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J H Service No.: 931
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Hill House, Halton le Gate, Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Age at Death: 28
Unit: 35th Bn Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: West Maitalnd, Australia.
Place of Residence: Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia.
Home Address: Deakin Street, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia.
Previous Address: 6 Edington Gardens, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Engineman at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 7th June 1917
Place of Death: Belgium
Battle/Campaign: Battle of Messines.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium, Panel 7-17-23-25-27-29-31
Buried: Joseph was recorded as buried in German wire 100 yards from the overturned dugout, 1 mile South of Messines.
Decoration and Medals: 1914-15 Star War Medal Victory Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 7th July 1917.
Family Details:
Son of William and Hannah Waugh, of 6 Edington Gardens, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : The Waugh family moved to Clara Vale around 1892-1893 from the Cumberland area. Joseph was the 9th child of 17 and was educated at Clara Vale Colliery School. He had emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand, with his uncle Jim Waugh, around 1902, then he moved on to Australia to find work. Joseph enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 3rd December 1915, at West Maitland. He embarked on the troopship “Benalla” from Sidney, 1st May 1916. He disembarked at Plymouth, Devon, 9th July 1916. He then proceeded again overseas from Southampton to France, 21st November 1916. Joseph was well known in religious circles locally, being a Wesleyan Methodist. He was a member of the church choir. On commenting in a local paper about the death of Joseph the article mentioned a Joseph Mills, from Crawcrook, had also being wounded.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. National Archives of Australia. Information from family member.
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