Joseph Lowe came from Wordsley and lived with his wife at 9 Buckpool, Wordsley. He volunteered for the South Staffords and joined the 2nd Battalion on the Western Front. In 1915 it was engaged in the Artois Spring battles and suffered heavy losses at Loos in September. In 1916 it was involved in the August phase of the Battle of the Somme. The Staffords were close to Delville Wood and were in the second line for a major attack on Waterlot Farm on the 8th August. Their turn to take over the attack started at 2.30 a.m. on the 9th when a detachment was ordered to capture a vital trench. It was a difficult task but casualties were few. One of them, however, was Private Joseph Lowe. He was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval and Wordsley Memorials.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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