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Joseph Battersby was the eldest son of Joseph and Sarah Jane (nee Ingham).

In 1911 they lived at 10 Lark Hill Higher Walton. Joseph was 17, single and working as a cotton spinner.

Joseph enlisted and was posted into the newly raised 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25th August 1914 just 21 days after war broke out, as Private 11662. Although his medical stated he was physically fit to serve he was discharged after just 39 days judged as being “unlikely to become an efficient soldier”.

In 1918 a Joseph Battersby married Lydia Fidler at St. Leonard’s Church Walton le Dale, they had two children: 1921 Alice May and 1922 Harry.

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