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