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Joseph Maden was born in Bolton during the first quarter of 1880. He was the son of William and Ellen Maden.

In 1911 the family were living at 249 Darwen Rd, Bromley Cross. His father worked as a stoker in a cotton mill; and Joseph was a Piecer at the cotton depot. The majority of his siblings were also employed at the cotton mill , Albert (b. circa 1887) was a cloth packer; Jane (b. circa 1890) was a winder; Squire (b. circa 1891) was a cotton piecer; Ernest (b. circa 1893) was a set carrier. His youngest sister Edith (b. circa 1896) was noted as a ‘worker at home’; and his youngest brother, Herbert (b. circa 1902) was still of school age.

On 15th December 1914, Joseph enlisted in the 5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 34 years old, single and still living at his parents address.

Private Joseph Maden was given the service number 3501 (later 241435). He had no prior military experience. At his enlistment medical, he was described as being 5ft 7.5in with a 35in chest and of good physical development.

On 27th June 1915 Joseph set sail from Southampton, bound for France.

Upon his arrival, Joseph was attached to No 4 Entrenching Battalion. This must have suited him as he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 17th February 1916.

In May 1916, Joseph rejoined his unit, the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion who had been in France since February 1915. He was posted into B Company and reverted to the rank of Private.

On 6th January 1917, Joseph was admitted to the Field Ambulance. He had sores on his abdomen that had gone septic. He rejoined the Battalion on 15th January 1917.

On 22nd April 1917, Joseph was mortally wounded in action. He was admitted to the field ambulance with gunshot wounds to the base of his skull. He died at 11:00hrs.

There are no entries in the Battalion War Diary during this period.



His mother, Ellen received his personal effects on 30th August 1917;

  • 1 x Match box case
  • 1 x Leather watch guard
  • 2 x Pipes
  • 1 x Mirror
  • 1 x Photograph

In February 1920, Ellen received Josephs 1914/15 star. She then took receipt of his British War and Victory medals in May 1922.

Rank: Private
Service No: 241435
Date of Death: 22/04/1917
Age: 39
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

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