MAKIN, Joseph

No. 10/2497, 2nd Lieutentant, Joseph MAKIN
Aged 30

1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Killed in Action on 30th September 1918

Joseph Makin was born in Romford (4th qtr 1887 Romford 4a:330) son of Leonard Frank and Priscilla Swain MAKIN (née HOLLAND). Baptised in Romford (St Edward the Confessor) on 1st Janaury 1888.

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at High Street, Romford with his father leonad Frank MAKIN [31] grocer, born Monks Eleigh; his mother Priscilla Swain [31] born London; sisters Florence Mary [7], Grace Elizabeth [6] both born Newmarket, Dorothy Margaret [2] born Romford; brother Leonard [5] born Newmarket

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at 24 Cornhill, Bury St.Edmunds with his parents; sisters Florence Mary, Dorothy Margaret and Edith May [9] born Romford; brothers Leonard Walter and William Harold [8] born Romford.

1911 census...Aged 23, dairy farm manager, he was at Dalham Dairy Farm with his sister Florence. His parents and sisters Grace, Dorothy and Edith were at 9 Market Place, Romford.

No documentary evidence has been found putting any of them in Bradfield Combust.

He enlisted in
The New Zealanders were brought out of Reserve to take part in the battle for the Canal du Nord, breaking the Masnieres - Beaurevoir line, just behind the Hindenburg Line. Joseph was one of 11 New Zealanders buried in the German cemetery at Masnieres and when these small cemeteries were emptied after the war were concentrated,ie moved, to Flesquieres

photo CWGC

First buried in Masnieres German Cemetery and re-interred in 1920

Joseph Makin is buried in Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery,France 8:H:16

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