Wallsgrove, Joseph (Joe)

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 24
Date of birth: c1894

Parents: John and Fanny Wallsgrove
Address: 55 Pickard Street


In 1901 the family were at 55 Pickard Street.  Living at the house at the time were Emily (16), James (14), John (12), Joseph (8), Fanny (6) and Albert (4).  Living next door at 57 Pickard Street were Charlotte Wallsgrove (38) and her daughter Emily (11).  It may be that Charlotte was Joe’s aunt.

In 1911 the family were still at 55 Pickard Street.  Joe was the eldest of the children still at home, who were:  Joe (19), Albert (14), Charlie (11), George (7), Arthur (5) and Thomas (2).
There was another Wallsgrove family living at No. 50 Pickard Street: James and Emily Wallsgrove, with the younger 5 of their 7 living children. James was a Chimney sweep. Charlotte was no longer at No. 57

Joseph’s father, John, was a chimney sweep and both Joseph and Albert are described as Brick Yard labourers, although the item in the Warwick Advertiser notes that he had previously served in the army and rejoined on the outbreak of war.

Warwick Advertiser 30th March 1918

Warwick Advertiser 1919:

Joe’s parents are buried together in Warwick Cemetery and Joe is commemorated on their grave. The inscription reads:

Treasured memories of
FANNY WALLSGROVE died Jan. 14th 1938 age 75
JOHN WALLSGROVE died November 26th 1942 age 80
Also their son JOE killed in action Egypt March 9th 1918

Military Service

Rank & Number: Lance Corporal, 28953
Regiment/Service: 1st/5th (Flintshire) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Brigade/Division: 158th Brigade, 53rd Division
Date of death: Saturday, March 09, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action at Tel Asure, Palestine
Commemorated/Buried: Jerusalem Memorial, Israel
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser items courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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