|JosephTitheridges's name |
insribed on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres
On 31st July 1917 Joseph Titheridge lost his life in the World War 1 battlefield in the Third Battle of Ypres known as Passchendaele.
Let us remember him and the sacrifice he made.
- Ruth (1883 – 1971)
- George David (1884 - 1885) died age 1
- Samuel (1885 - 1957) married Maud Clifford
- Mary (1886 - ?) married Victor Callick
- Lily (1888 - ?) married Albert Boorman
- Joseph (1889- 1917)
- William Henry (1892 -1951) married Emma Masters
- Daisy (1895 - ?)married Frederick Warren
- Rose (1897 – 1904) died age 7
- Ernest (1900 -1976) married Elsie Judge
Joining 8th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment
On 31 July, after a fortnight's intense bombardment of German positions, nine divisions of the Fifth Army assaulted the high ground to the north-east of Ypres, and made good progress across Pilckem Ridge, but by late afternoon German counter-attacks had regained much ground and wet weather had set in. Ceaseless unseasonal rain in the following days turned the shell-damaged ground into a quagmire, severely hampering the movement of advancing men, the relocating of artillery, and the carrying of casualties and supplies.
Killed in Action at Pilckem Ridge
The 8th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment fought along the Menin Road in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917 on the first day of the third battle of Ypres. It was here that Joseph was killed in action. Reading the war diary for the battalion it clear that they were under heavy attack from the German guns. At the end of the day the diary lists the wounded and dead, there were 45 wounded 3 dead. Unusually this war diary lists the name of every soldier wounded and killed whatever their rank (usually the officers are named and the men are just numbers of casualties).
To see pictures of the Menin Gate Memorial see the link below
In 1916 the British Government decided to create a memorial for the next of kin of men who had died. This bore Britannia on it (symobolising British imperial power and unity), with Poseidon’s trident (symbolising British naval dominance) and a laurel wreath (symbolising victory). Each bronze plaque was inidividually cast with the soldier's name in a rectangluar box, they were nicknamed “Death Plaque “. It was inscribed with the words "He died for Freedom and Honor”. Joseph’s parents, like all next of king, received a Death Plaque and a scroll. A picture of this is below (although it is no longer in the family).
|Joseph Titheridge's Death Plaque and Memorial Scroll|
Reproduced by kind permission of John Tidridge
|Cap badge of the Royal Sussex Regiment|
A poem of Remembrance - In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915