Joseph Gant (1895 – 1916) lived in Brightlingsea with his parents Arthur and Jane before his grandmother Mary enrolled him at North School. Mary lived at 86 Albert Street. When Arthur Gant died in 1908 Joseph left North School to go back to Brightlingsea, but the family returned to Colchester before 1911 to live at 34 Stanwell Street. Joseph was 15 and had a job as an errand boy for a china shop.
Joseph joined the 2nd Essex Regiment and arrived in France on 28th December 1914. He was killed in action on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme when he was 19 years old. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and at home on the St Paul’s Church roll of honour (now displayed in St James the Great Church).
In September 1918, Joseph’s younger brother Arthur was also killed in France. He was 18 years old.
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920