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Joseph Parsonage a World War 1 Christleton Hero

Joseph Parsonage

Commemorated on the Christleton War Memorial, St James’ Church Memorial,
Christleton Institute Memorial and at Chester Town Hall

Joseph Parsonage
Son of Thomas & Sarah Parsonage of Rowton.
Birth Place:
Depot Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Service Number:
WO 372/15/133566
Death Date:
12th November 1918. Age 22 years
Sickness. Honourably Discharged Summer 1917 with T.B
At St James’ Christleton November 1918* Headstone T6
A Memorial Service was held at St.James' Church in November 1918

In 1911 Joseph was recorded on the census as a cowman, working for Mrs Hannah Dutton, at Stretton, near Malpas. His siblings were Ellen & Robert.

The Rector writes;
Joseph Parsonage had done his share of active service and broke his constitution. He gradually lost strength and died, and was brought back to his own Parish to be buried. It seemed to add to the sadness of the occasion of the Memorial Service that it was held when people were rejoicing in the Victory which he helped to win.

*After his honourable discharge from the Army Joseph was kept in isolation in the small thatched cottage on Rowton Lane, sometimes referred to as the Civil War Hospital. A member of the family lived nearby to assist him, and give him comfort.

  • Grave at St. James' Church, Christleton

    Grave at St. James' Church, Christleton

  • Portrait - Northumberland Fusiliers

    Portrait - Northumberland Fusiliers

Memorial Service at Christleton November 23rd 1918

Seldom has there been assembled within the Parish Church, a more representative gathering, to pay homage to the memory of four more brave sons of Christleton.

Lieut. Norman Hugh Wildig RAF
Corporal Cecil Wright Cheshire Yeomanry & Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
Trooper Joseph Parsonage
Private Percy Boughey A.S.C. Motor Transport Division

The Choir sang the opening rites of the funeral service and the 23rd Psalm. The Rector Rev. Hickey conducted a most impressive service- a short address made fitting reference to noble characters & rue courage of men whose loss they were deploring. He said that their names would be honoured- and their brave deeds remembered in coming generations. There was a very large congregation. The sympathy of everyone in the district extended to the relations of these men who all gave up good and comfortable homes, to go and take part in the great struggle.

Joseph Parsonage a World War 1 Christleton Hero