Project Description

JOSEPH WILLIAM HULL 1890–1917

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Born 1890, December quarter, Burton on Trent.

Baptised 8th October 1890, Holy Trinity Church, Burton upon Trent.

Killed in action October 9th 1917, 3rd battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), age 27

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, Panel ref 11 and Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

1891 Census

The family are living at Burton on Trent. Joseph W. Hull, born 1890 at Burton on Trent, is the son of William Hull of Radcliffe on Trent and his wife Emma. Father is employed on railway baggage enquiries.

Mother died 1893. Father died 1897.

1901 Census

Unable to confirm whereabouts of Joseph Hull

1911 Census

He is listed on two 1911 census forms.

He is a waggoner for a brewery company, visiting the Allwood family in Shelford

He is noted as a boarder, employed as a brewery carter, born Burton, boarding in Kimberley with Mrs Frances Clay and family

Military Service

Rank: Guardsman

Service Number: 146, formerly 17061

Military Unit: 4th Battalion, Guards Machine Gun Regiment, formerly Cpl 17061, Grenadier Guards

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 4.1.1915. Total war service abroad 2 years 9 months

Enlisted: Nottingham

Wounded

15.12.15: Wounded. At that date he was a Lance Corporal in 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards

Entitled to wear a wound stripe.

For more information, description of  the Wound Stripe click here.

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Go to WWI Timeline to see how this man’s death is part of the wider story of the war.

From the War Diaries, Machine Gun Corps, Guards Division, Guards Machine Gun Company, October 1917

BROEMBEEK 9.10.17 4.20 am

Zero Day Guards Division attacked the enemy defences in front of Houthulst Forest in conjunction with 88th brigade on the right and French Regiment on the left.

Machine Guns of the company were in 2 groups. Guns froum forward group were detailed to give direct overhead fire from zero hour at short range, rear group opened fire at zero +13 minutes … All objectives were taken.

Casualties 3 OR killed and 9 OR wounded.

50 belt boxes were destroyed by shell fire at belt filling station.

View the original War Diary account of events on the day Joseph Hull was killed

Other information

Details for the entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website read “Son of Mrs J. Carnell, formerly Hull”. Joseph Hull was her nephew, not her son.

Joseph William Hull’s aunt (father’s sister Charlotte, born 1867) married John Carnell in 1885 and lived on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. She was the older sister of William Hull (Joseph’s father) and of Catherine Hull, married name Ould. She was therefore also the aunt of John Ould, on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour. Joseph Hull was John Ould’s cousin.

UK Army Register of Soldiers Effects confirms aunt Charlotte is next of kin. She received £45 4s 10p which included War Gratuity.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Relatives in Radcliffe on Trent. His name is on the Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial.

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium