Joseph Francis's Story.
Joseph Francis Pickford was born in 1896, the son of Elizabeth and John Charles Pickford, a farmer and builder of Dawson Farm, Kerridge, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
The death of Joseph Pickford was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 3 September 1915:
LANCE-CORPORAL J F PICKFORD - Lce-Cpl Joseph Francis Pickford, son of Mr and Mrs J C Pickford, Dawson Farm, Kerridge, has been killed int he fighting in the Dardanelles. One of his comrades, Lance-Corporal Casey, son of Mr and Mrs Casey of the Red Lion Inn, Bollington, has written home conveying news of his death. "I am very sorry to tell you that Frank Pickford has been killed... I am not in the firing line but go up there every night with food for the boys... There are a good few casualties in the battalion."
Lance-Corporal Pickford was only 19 years of age. He was educated at the Bollington Wesleyan School and also attended the evening classes. For a time he was a junior clerk in the Urban District Council Offices at Bollington. Three years ago he entered the service of the Macclesfield Guardians as Workhouse Master's clerk, in which capacity he was engaged when war broke out. Lance-Corporal Pickford, who received his stripe before leaving England, joined the Terriers in October. Mr Lingard, the Workhouse Master, received a postcard from him on the outward journey, and the Lance-Corporal was hoping the ship would call at Malta so that he would have the opportunity of seeing Nurse Rawcroft, formerly a nurse at the Macclesfield Workhouse, who is now engaged in an Army Hospital at Malta. Lance-Corporal Pickford was highly esteemed for his many excellent qualities, and the news of his death in action was received with deep regret by his friends.
L/Cpl Joseph Pickford has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 76 to 78 on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl Joseph Pickford, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, L/Cpl Joseph Pickford is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St), Kerridge (Oak Lane), Kerridge Sunday School and Rainow war memorials.
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.