HALE, Josiah

No.14403, Private, Joseph HALE
Aged 28

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 23rd June 1917

Josiah Hale was born in Shimpling (2nd qtr 1889 Sudbury 4a:693) son of Barnard and Clara HALE (née MUSK). CWGC have his age incorrect by some way.

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Shimpling Street with his father Barnard HALE [33] farm labourer; his mother Clara [32] born Stanningfield; brothers Sidney [9], Ernest [7] and Albert [4]. All except his mother were born in Shimpling

1901 census...Aged 12, still in Shimpling with his parents (father now recorded as born in Lawshall); brothers Sidney (yardman on farm), Ernest (farm labourer) Albert (farm labourer), Walter [6] and Miles [3]; sisters Annie [9] and one unnamed [under 1 month] (Violet May).

1911 census...Aged 22, a farm labourer, he was at Shimpling with his parents (father born Lawshall);brothers Ernest and Walter working on farm, Miles and sister Violet.

On the pension card his mother was at 5 Gent's Lane, Shimpling Street

His brother Walter was killed in June 1916 see here

He enlisted in Shimpling.
The battalion was temporarily attached to 18th Infantry Brigade at Maroc, employed in tactical digging. 2 men were killed by shell fire on 23rd; Charles Crack from Great Barton and Joseph.

photo CWGC

Josiah Hale is buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay 2:D:13

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