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Joseph Stoddart (c.1878-1918)

From Burnhope, served with 19th Battalion DLI, died of wounds.

Joseph Stoddart was born in Byren, Chester le Street, about 1878, the son of coal miner Charles Steel Stoddart and his wife, Mary Ellen.

On 12 February 1916, Joseph Stoddart enlisted in the Army in Newcastle. He was then 38 years old, working as a weighman in the local colliery, unmarried, and living in Eastwood Row, Burnhope, with his brothers, Thomas and Henry, and his unmarried sister, Margaret.

After he enlisted, Joseph was not immediately called up but instead continued to work in the colliery until September 1916, when he was finally sent for training with the 3rd Battalion DLI.

On 19 January 1917, with his training finished, 38941 Private Joseph Stoddart was sent to France to join the 19th Battalion DLI. Nothing is known of his time on the Western Front but in October 1918, as 19 DLI joined the Allied advance in Flanders, Joseph was wounded. He was taken to No.10 Casualty Clearing Station, where he died on 16 October 1918. He was 39 years old.

Joseph Stoddart was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

For more information:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission,-joseph/

North East War Memorials Project

Civil Parish: Lanchester

Birth date: 1878

Death date: 16-Oct-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 13 Eastwood Row, Burnhope, County Durham.

Religion: Church of England

Employment: Weighman, Burnhope Colliery.

Family: Parents: Charles Steel and Mary Ellen Stoddart.
Siblings: Thomas, Henry, Margaret, plus three other sisters.

Military service:

Enlisted 12 February 1916. Served with 19th Battalion DLI as 38941 Private.
Died of wounds 16 October 1918.

Medal(s): British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Memorial(s): Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Burnhope Memorial Garden,

Gender: Male

Contributed by Burnhope War Memorial Research Group. | With additional research by Durham County Record Office.