HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE EVIL TO HIM WHO EVIL THINKS
Originally a private in “The Tigers”, 1st battalion of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He was awarded the British War Medal, The Victory Medal and the 1914 Star.
This is yet another of the family whose military records appear to be missing, presumably amongst the 60% of military records destroyed in the bombings of WWII, so to be sure exactly where Joseph was at any given time is impossible.
I have therefore tried to find out some history of the 1st Battalion of the Regiment.
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was an infantry Regiment of the British Army and at the outbreak of the First World War the 1st Battalion were in Ireland and the 2nd Battalion in India. During the war the Regiment increased from 5 to 19 Battalions which served in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia and Palestine. The Regiment lost approximately 6,000 soldiers in the four years of war.
The 1st Battalion was the first to go into action and was continually fighting in the 6th Division throught the critical Autumn of 1914.
Here is a list of the battles that the 1st Battalion were involved in.