Parish records show that Joseph Dunkley was baptised on 22nd January, 1888. His parents were William Dunkley , born 1851 in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, an agricultural labourer, and Eliza. Parish Records show that William, then aged 26, married Eliza (nee Tubb), also aged 26, born in Helidon, on 11th February, 1876.
The 1891 Census shows the family living in West Haddon but no address is given. Joseph, then aged 3 was sharing the accommodation with his parents William and Eliza, three sisters, Charlotte aged 11, Ann aged 10, Martha aged 7 and a brother William aged 4. All of the children had been born in West Haddon.
The 1901 Census shows Joseph living with his parents and brother Samuel in a cottage in the village.
The 1911 Census shows his father William, then aged 59 and working as a shepherd, Eliza, then aged 62, Samuel aged 25, working as a groom and Joseph working as a farm labourer.
A search of the Absentee Voters’ List 1919 revealed that Joseph’s Regimental Number was 311827, his rank was Private and his company the 620th Agric Company.
From the above details I was able to trace his military record. He joined on 7th September, 1914 at Ballymore Camp, County Cork, at the age of 26 years 11 months. He was medically examined in Rugby. He was wounded in action on 21st March, 1916 in France where he had served with the infantry for 9 months. He was transferred for treatment to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh for treatment and subsequently re-categorised CII, transferred to the 3rd Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 4th August, 1917 and subsequently posted to the 620th Agric Company, Warwick on 29th September, 1917.
Joseph was transferred to the reserve on 22nd April, 1919.
(Jim Blakey 11th March 2017)