Joseph Voyse


Submitted by Michael Hardy

Joseph was Michael’s Great Uncle.

Joseph Voyse was the son of William Thomas Voyse and Annie Jane Voyse (nee Parkin). At enlistment he was living with his brother Thomas Voyse and his family at 100 Ripon Street, Attercliffe.

Joseph Voyse was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The 1st/5th Battalion, York & Lancs Regiment started the day in the reserve trenches in Thiepval Wood, but were called into action in the afternoon to assist Irish regiments which had suffered massive casualties trying to capture the village of Courcelette. Joseph's body was never recovered and there is no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Born at Sheffield in 1882, he was Private 1280 1/5th York & Lancs. His nephew Edwin Voyse, with whom Joseph lived with at Ripon street, also fell.










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