Day: July 8, 2019

Military Monday – Joseph Thomas Greenwood (1906-1945)

Joseph Thomas Greenwood is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Watson Greenwood and Margaret Alice Gawthrop. Our common ancestors are John Gawthrop and Sarah Brown (my 4x great grandparents).

Joseph was born on 28 March 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He was the third of five sons for Watson and Margaret. The others were:-

John Willie – 5 April 1898
Sydney – 26 May 1901
Ernest Pickles – 1 August 1907
Fred – 12 February 1909

At some point, I believe in the early 1930’s Watson and Margaret moved to Kent together with some of the boys. In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2 Watson is listed as a “poultry farmer”. The only son still at home was Fred – he was a soldier, home on leave.

Joseph married Dorothy Edna Clarke sometime in the June quarter of 1935. In the 1939 Register Joseph is listed as a “milk roundsman”.

I recently discovered that Joseph was a Corporal with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number was 1274826. I don’t have any other information about his war service.

While trying to fill in some gaps in my family history tree I cam across the following brief newspaper story from the Nottingham Journal of Thursday 8 November 1945 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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On his first day back at work after demobilisation from the R.A.F., Joseph Thomas Greenwood (39), married, of Ashford, Kent, collapsed at the wheel of his bus on Wednesday and died within a few moments.

Joseph has an entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWG) website. This tells me that he is buried at Charing (Kent County) Crematorium and commemorated on the WW2 memorial there.

In 1950 Dorothy married Leslie John Ronald Potticary in Aldershot, Hampshire.

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