Monday, December 20, 2010

Private Joseph Staples - L/7128

Joseph Staples appears in the 1911 Census living on 6th Street with his mother Lavinia, brother Jessie and sister Leslye.  They were all born in England but their year of emigration to Canada is not recorded.  Joseph is recorded as being born in August 1885.

Since he was listed as serving in a British unit I cannot find any Canadian attestation papers for him.   The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists him as a citizen of the United Kingdom through he appears on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Joseph Staples was a member of the 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), when he was killed on January 13, 1915.  His remains were never found and he is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.  

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