Private 49640 - Essex Regiment
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield 1918
Killed in Action Flanders 18th Sep 1918 : Aged 25
Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery. Grave Ref. II.F. 10.
Private 49640 Joseph Hadfield was born 1893 in Castleton, Yorks. Parents Barnsley marriage on 30th November 1890 between Mr Joseph Hadfield from Eckington and Miss Elizabeth Haithwaite raised four children before father settled in Sutton employed driving a stationary pit engine. Next Huthwaite 1911 census confirms move into 9 Hatherton Cottages on Common Road, headed by father Joseph 44, wife Elizabeth Hadfield 44, still mothering all four children as Ada 19, Joseph 17, George 16, Elizabeth 14, plus senior widower Mr George Hadfield 74. All sons gained employment among the local coal pits.
Mr Joseph Hadfield junior had begun working New Hucknall Colliery as a Pit Pony Driving. Army recruitment officers enticed enlistment at Sutton, also for his younger brother George. Transferring Pte 116859 J Hadfield from the Notts & Derby Regiment Sherwood Foresters into the Essex Regiment placed Private 49640 Joseph Hadfield in their 9th Battalion battling in the Somme.
Private 49640 Joseph Hadfield survived just 4 months army service. The 9th Essex took part recapturing a village called Battle of Epehy on 18th September 1918 when J Hadfield was killed in action, aged 25 among those Flanders Fields. Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery commemorates J Hadfield, locally given Roll of Honour on both Sutton and Huthwaite Cemetery cenotaph. His name is further remembered on the Huthwaite Methodist Church members remembrance plaque.
Official notice has been received of the death in action of Private Joseph Hadfield, of the Essex Regiment (previously of the Sherwoods). Twenty-five years of age, he had been in the Army only 16 weeks, being one of the recently combed out miners from New Hucknall Colliery. He was the eldest son of Mr. And Mrs. Hadfield, of Chatsworth Street, Sutton, where the family recently removed to from Huthwaite. His death occurred on the 18th. September, and he was the older brother of Private Hadfield, who has just won the M.M.