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Carlton, J., Gnr., 1920
In Pelton Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 58288 Gunner Joseph Carlton, serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery who died 04/02/1920.

William Kirby has submitted the following:-

Joseph, born 1894 at Easington Lane was the son of Robert and Margaret Carlton. In 1911 the family were living at 12 Pine Street, Grange Villa. Father Robert was a Coal Miner - Hewer, Joseph was a Coal Miner - Putter, his newly married brother George William (26) living there with his wife Phyllis was a Coal Miner - Hand Putter. Margaret Alice (14) had no occupation.

Joseph enlisted 14th August 1915 at Newcastle and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery. His records state that he was 5 foot 9 and a half inches tall. He went to France and was wounded in September 1916.

He was discharged 20th August 1917 because of gunshot wounds to his abdomen. He was awarded the War Badge 226089 the same month.

Joseph married Margaret Ann Oakley in 1918 and their son Robert was born March 22nd 1919.

Joseph died 4th February and was buried at Pelton on the 8th February 1920.

Recipient of the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

His brother George William also served and died in WW1.

The Chester-le-Street Chronicle06/02/1920 reads:-

Grange Villa Soldier's Death

The death occurred at his home at 12 Pine Street, Grange Villa on Wednesday of Mr Joseph Carlton. The deceased who was gassed and wounded whilst serving in France had been many months in hospital before settling down at home. He, however, never completely recovered and suffered occasionally acutely from the after effects of his injuries to which at last he succumbed. Mr Carlton was only 27 years of age. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Robert Carlton of Grange Villa and leaves a widow and one little boy to mourn his loss.

Joseph Carlton is remembered at West Pelton on W112.01

The CWGC entry for Gunner Carlton

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