Joseph Sutton was born on 22nd May and baptised on 25th July 1894 at St Michael's Church, Macclesfield, the son of Mary and Frederick Sutton, a cotton weaver, of Macclesfield.
In 1901, six year old Joseph was living at 6 Bridge Street with his parents and siblings Emma (21), Lily (17), Frederick (14), Alfred (11), Ernest (9) and Maurice (5 months); ten years later the family had moved to 5 Turnock Street and Joseph was employed as a cotton weaver. Later still, the family moved to 44 Commercial Road.
Joseph was educated at Duke Street School.
Joseph Sutton attested at Macclesfield soon after the start of the war, joining the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
Following a period of training in various locations in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir. By the end of the day, Private Sutton was missing and he was assumed to have died on 9th August 1915.
Private Joseph Sutton has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Sutton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Joseph Sutton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael's Church war memorials.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of Joseph Sutton, from his mother.”
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.