Joseph Lindley was born in Hampstead, London in 1875. His father, Henry Lindley, who was born in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, was a miner/subcontractor on the railway. In 1863 he had married Sarah Hibbert in Heaton Norris, near Stockport. Sarah was born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, as were their two older children, George (1865) and John (1867). Mary Ann (1869) and Arthur (1870) were born Marsden, Yorks and William (1872) in Watford, Herts.
Henry Lindley died in 1879 near Northampton and buried at Hardingstone. He was aged 42. It is not known what happened to Sarah, but in 1881 five year old Joseph was in the Wootton Union Workhouse, in Northampton, together with his sister Mary Ann (12) and William (9). Mary Ann died there a year later.
By 1891, William was a shop boy in West Ham, London and Joseph (16) was boarding at 94 Dunston Street, Northampton. He was a shoe finisher.
On 21st June 1897, Joseph Lindley, now working as a labourer, married Elizabeth Walton in Roade, Northants. By 1901 they were settled at 13 Little Pennington Street, Rugby, with two year old Joseph Thomas.
They were still at the same address in 1911, with Thomas and Mary Ann (8) who had been born in Roade. Joseph was working as a general labourer for Co-op Stores.
Joseph was 40 years of age and a van driver for Rugby Co-operative Society, when he signed up in June 1916. He joined the 1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment (private 20368) and proceeded shortly afterwards to the front. In Spring 1917 he was invalided home through illness and later returned to France. He moved via the 11th Bn., to the 16th and at the time of his death, 15th Bn. RWR.
This battalion took part in Battle of Polygon Wood (26 Sep – 3 Oct 1917). Perhaps this was where he was injured.
Joseph Lindley died of wounds on 5th October 1917, and was buried at Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France.
Outtersteene is a village about 5 kilometres south-west of Bailleul. In August 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, the 2nd, 53rd and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Outtersteene.
Joseph was aged 42, the same age his father had died.
Elizabeth Lindley died in Rugby in 1958. In 1939 she was living at 88 Rowland Street, Rugby with her unmarried son Joseph Thomas and her daughter Mary Ann Mace, who was also a widow.
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