Joseph Paternoster

14130, Sergeant, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.

Missing In Action on 16th June 1915 aged 30.

Le Touret Memorial and Cemetery

Joseph was the only son of George & Sarah Paternoster of Brookfield Cottage, Aston.  He was posted to France on the 25th May 1915 and reached the Battalion with a group of reinforcements on the 5th June. He was to lose his life just a few days later.

Between the 15th & 17th June 1915 the Battalion were involved in very heavy fighting ------- and were located at Windy Corner. On the 16th June they were ordered to attack enemy positions located ----. Zero hour was set for 4.45am and as soon as they began to leave their trenches they came under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire. They managed to reach a crater near the German positions and were involved in what was described as “spirited” close range fighting. The German infantry made a heavy grenade attack and eventually the attack had to be called off.  The Battalion suffered a total of 50 men killed or missing between the 15th & 17th June and it was estimated that on the 16th June at least 50% of the Battalion had become casualties even before they had reached the British wire.

Joseph has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, France. (Panel 10/11.) 

Medal Entitlement: 1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

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