Joseph Charles Redfearn was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed around 1880. His parents were John Alfred Goodall Redfearn and his wife Senai Isabella (nee Biggs). John was an engine fitter. By 1901 Joseph Charles, aged 22, was boarding in Hexham, Northumberland and working as a compositor. Later that year he married Margaret Landells and around 1908 they moved to Rugby with their two daughters. Joseph worked at Messrs Frost & sons, printers. They lived at 55 Lawford Road, New Bilton.
Joseph Charles enlisted on 5th September 1914 in the 7th Battalion King’s Royal Rifles (rifleman R/89) and was sent to the front in May 1915.
In a letter which Mrs Redfearn has received it is stated that her husband was out with a small party on 21st July, and five of them entered a ruined cottage to rest, while he sat outside. the house was struck by a German shell, and the men inside, including Rifleman Fidler, Rugby, whose death we recorded last week, were killed instantly. Rifleman Redfearn sustained shocking injuries, to which he succumbed two days afterwards.
(Rugby Advertiser 7th August 1915)
He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. His date of death is given as 21st July 1915. He was aged 35.
He is listed on the Croop Hill memorial as J Redfearn. The Rugby Memorial Gates have him listed as J C Redfern.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM