Joseph Wardle, Private 50199, 11th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 29th April 1918 in France, aged 31
Son of Joseph and Maria Wardle, of 15 King St, Macclesfield; husband of Annie Green (formerly Wardle), of 6 Gosling St, off Cuckstoolpit Hill, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Joseph married Annie Kennerley at St John’s Church, Statham St, Macclesfield on 23 October 1910. The couple set up home at 6 Wardle St, Macclesfield, but later lived at 6 Gosling St. They had two children: Joseph, born in 1911, and May, born 1912.
Joseph’s widow married John Green at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield in late 1918.
As a former soldier in the local Territorials, Joseph was recalled in October 1914 and served at Gallipoli in 1915 with ‘D’ Company, 7th Cheshire Regiment (service number 2459).
Joseph was admitted to hospital at Mudros in October 1915, and later repatriated to England on Hospital Ship Caledonia, suffering from dysentery. After treatment he was posted to France, but was again repatriated to England due to dysentry in March 1917, staying at East Leeds War Hospital, Killingbeck for two months. After returning to France, Joseph was admitted to hospital on a number of occasions, including in February 1918, when he was admitted to No. 42 Stationary Hospital at Amiens.
Joseph was wounded by gunshot wounds in the right side and abdomen, and died from these wounds at No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station, Arneke, France on 29 April 1918.
On 10 May 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Joseph had died from wounds received in action:
Pte Joseph Wardle, Ches Regt, 6 Gosling St, Macclesfield, died on April 29th from gunshot wounds in the right side and abdomen. He was 31 years of age and as a boy attended Duke Street Day School. Pte Wardle, who was well-known in local junior football, was formerly employed at the Lower Heys. He enlisted in the 7th Cheshires in September 1914, having previously served four years in the local Territorials, and was drafted out to the Dardanelles, taking part in the Suvla Bay landing in August 1915. The late Pte Wardle spent twelve months in the Peninsula and was finally invalided to England with dysentry. On recovery he was posted out to France, and again returned to England suffering from a wound at the back of the head.
A photograph and more information was printed the following week:
Above we reproduce the portrait of Private Joseph Wardle… who, as reported last week, died on April 29th… He was the son of Mr Joseph Wardle, 15 King St, off Buxton Rd. This is the second bereavement Mr Wardle has suffered through the war, another son, Pte Fred Wardle being killed on September 20th 1917. A brother-in-law of the deceased soldier is serving in the Army.
Private Joseph Wardle is buried at Arneke British Cemetery, France, in grave ref. II. A. 23. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Wardle, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Joseph Wardle is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Mill Street Mission war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In memory of Frederick Wardle and Joseph Wardle, from father and family.”
Brother of Pte Fred Wardle who served as Private 35361 with “C” Coy. 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment and was killed on September 20th 1917.
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers: St John’s Church, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 10 and 17 May 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921