Joseph Henry Upperton was the third child of 11 children, born in 1884 in the St Pancras area of London to Samuel and Sophie Upperton. Samuel was a Draper’s Porter.
In the 1901 census the family lived at 60 Pancras Square.
Joseph married Grace Elizabeth Anderson in the fourth quarter of 1906 in St Pancras, London. His wife was born in Rugby.
In the 1911 census Joseph was 27 years old and living at 10 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London. He was a porter working for a ladies underclothing manufacturer. He and Grace had a daughter also named Grace.
Joseph joined the Rifle Brigade (date unknown) and was killed in action on 9 May 1915 at the Battle of Aubers Ridge, aged 31. His service number was Z/260. His Commonwealth War Grave record states he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifles.
He is remembered on Panel 10 of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton
Joseph’s medal card shows award of the Victory, British and Star medals, and that he landed in France on 16 March 1915.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM