Joseph Bebbington

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born:  In 1864 and baptised on 5 June 1864 at St Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family:  He was the eldest of 6 children born to William Bebbington, a gentleman`s servant and later a licensed victualler, and his wife Ann. Joseph married Agnes Martha Hollis on 29 December 1886 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had 6 children, 5 of whom, Godfrey, Dorothy, Violet, Kathleen and Gladys, survived into adulthood.

Residence: The 1901 Census shows the family living at 64 High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1911 they had moved Talbot House, Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was still Joseph`s residence when he was discharged in 1919 at the end of WW1.

Employment: Joseph was a cabinet maker .

Died:  He died in 1939 in Whitchurch, Shropshire aged 75.

Other information:  He was a member of the St. Alkmund`s Lodge of Freemasons.

Military Details

Regiment:  King`s Shropshire Light Infantry , 2nd Volunteer Battalion, 12 April 1879 – 31 March 1908. King`s Shropshire Light Infantry, 4th Territorial Battalion, 1 April 1908 – 4 October 1919.

Rank:   Private rising to the rank of Sergeant.

Service Number:  200009

Date of Enlistment:  12 April 1879

Date of Discharge:   4 October 1919

Reason for Discharge: Disembodied

Other Information:  He had been a member of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion K.S.L.I. from 1879-1908 before joining the 4th Territorial Battalion K.S.L.I where he remained until 1919. Joseph`s son, Godfrey, was also a member of the 4th Territorial Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, at one time during WW1 serving in Singapore.

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