Joseph William Aldridge


Joseph William Aldridge


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Northumberland Fusiliers
11th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

Headstone Inscription


UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial, St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch, Berkhamsted War Memorial

Pre War

Joseph William Aldridge was born in 1887 in Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts, the son of Joseph Aldridge, a Blacksmith’s Labourer, and Annie (nee Bryant), He was one of seven children, but 4 died in infancy. 

On the 1891 Census the family were living at Orchard End, Northchurch, where his father was a Blacksmith's Labourer. They had moved to 40 Gossoms End, Northchurch by 1901 and Joseph was then listed as a Coachbuilder’s Labourer. They remained in Gossoms End in 1911 but had moved to No. 55. Joseph was then working as a Bricklayer’s Labourer. 

His parents later lived at 61 Ellesmere Road, Great Berkhamsted, Herts. 

Wartime Service

Joseph enlisted in Berkhamsted, Herts and joined the Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 26608 later being transferred to the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers as Private 31651.

Joseph was killed in action on 24 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He is one of 14 soldiers from the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers named on the Memorial who died on the same day. 

Additional Information

His father received a war gratuity of £3 and pay owing of £3 10s 11d. Pension cards suggest that a pension was refused.

Inscription on family grave in St Mary's Churchyard, Northchurch reads "Joseph William Aldridge, 11th Northumberland Fusiliers, Killed in France, 24th September 1916, age 29 years, who has no known grave.


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