Joseph Fox, Private 2361, 1/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in action 28th May 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 22
Joseph Fox was baptised on 26th February 1893 at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield, the eldest son of Louisa Caroline and James Armitage Fox, a soap manufacturer of Salisbury House, Hollins Road, Macclesfield, operating at the Lion Works, Dale Street, Macclesfield.
Unfortunately Joseph’s father was made bankrupt in 1898, and by 1901 the family had moved to 68 Coare Street, Macclesfield. Eight year old Joseph was living there with his parents, younger sisters Mabel (6), Ethel (4), Laura (3), and his aunt and cousin.
By 1911 the family had moved again, this time to 36 Neville Street, Hazel Grove, Stockport, and Joseph now had a younger brother, 3 year old Frederick. The head of the family, James, was now working as a commercial traveller for a printing & publishing business and Joseph was employed as a commercial clerk for a Stockport hat and boot dealer.
The family later moved to ‘Caxton Place’, 26 Offerton Lane, Stockport.
Joseph attested at Wigan and was drafted to the Balkans to fight at Gallipoli, arriving there on 6th May 1915. Three weeks later he was killed in action on 28th May 1915, aged 22 years.
A more detailed account of Joseph’s WW1 service can be found on the Stockport Great War website.
Private Joseph Fox has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel ref. 158 to 170 of the Helles Memorial in Turkey.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Fox, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Joseph Fox is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials. He is also commemorated on the Stockport war memorial, which is housed in a chapel within Stockport Art Gallery.