Joseph Grove was the son of Joseph and May Grove of 94 Maltmill Lane, Blackheath. He had attended Wollescote school in his early days. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers and was posted to the 237 Field Company. This was attached to the 41st Division in the Ypres sector in Spring 1916. Although this was a quiet period for the Division, there was always danger from shelling and sniping for those who had to work at repairing trenches and handling supplies. This might have been what happened to Sapper Joseph Grove who was killed in action on the 19th July 1916. He was 25 years of age and is buried in the London Rifle Brigade Cemetery (II D 41) near Ploegsteert and commemorated on the Blackheath, Halesowen, Lye and Wollescote, Lye church and Wollescote school Memorials.
Lye / Wollescote Cemetery, Stourbridge West Midlands, United Kingdom
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