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Private Joseph John Atthews
12779 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Joseph John & Mrs Mary Ann Atthews

Died 9th May 1915

Aged 27 years

Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial
Panel 28-30
And on the Midland Railway Memorial

Joseph was born at Marston, Bedfordshire. The family moved to Irchester and then came to Rushden sometime before 1901, but they had returned to Irchester by 1908. Before his enlistment Joseph worked at Rushden Railway Station as a drayman. His brother Frederick worked at the Irchester railway station.
Rushden Echo Friday June 11th 1915

Irchester Man Missing - Rushden M. R. Drayman - No News Since May 9th.
Mr. J. C. Turner, of Irchester, received an intimation from the War Office that Pte. J. J. Athews of Irchester, formerly a Midland Railway drayman at Rushden, has been missing since May 9th. Pte Athews, who is about 25 years of age, a single man, is the son of Mr. J. J. Athews of Millbunch-terrace, Irchester and had been a drayman at Rushden for the last four or five years. Pte. Fred Athews, brother of Pte. J. J. Athews, is in the fighting line.

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