Josiah Henry's Story.Josiah was born in Chester in October 1896. He lived with his father Josiah, a builder's labourer and his mother Margaret at 8 Ingham Street. He had 3 brothers, William, Thomas & Richard, and 3 sisters, Sarah, Alice & Dorothy. Josiah was a bricklayer's labourer.
He enlisted in Chester. He was killed in action on the 23rd August 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais, France. Panel 6.
The battalion war diary for that day:
Zero hour was 4.45am. 14th Battalion followed close behind the 13th Battalion and went on in the front wave to the far objective. Battalion objective was Sunken Road in W23. Casualties were moderate. Three officers were wounded. Captain Humphreys Owen acting as 2nd in command, was wounded while objective was being consolidated. Lt K.O. Parsons was wounded during the attack and Lt Roberts at the assembly point.
At 7am "A" Company moved up on the right to support the 13th Battalion and B Company moved up on the left. Two platoons of C Company were sent to the left flank to hold the Chalk Pit. 2nd Lt Seal moved this party to the flank and attacked a strongpoint, capturing a machine gun and 17 prisoners. The remainder of C Company and the whole of D Company remained in objective as reserve.
Researcher: Darryl Porrino