20030 Private Joseph William Prior

8th(Service)Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

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Born in Tiverton,Devon  in 1888. His parents were Benjamin Prior(1857-1907) and Sarah Jane Best(1855-1921),They were married on 03/04/1877.

Joseph had 3 brothers; Thomas Herbert(1879-1953),

Cecil Arthur(1881-1970) and Charles(1890-1969),

He also had 4 sisters; Constance Julia Mary(1885-1958),

Minnie Elizabeth(1887-1961),Beatrice Caroline(born in 1892) and Edith Louisa(1896-1981).

In the 1891 census the family were recorded as living at

10 Chapples Court, St David, Exeter, Devon. Josephs father was employed as a gardener.

In the 1901 census,the family had moved to live at

12 Commins Buildings, Heavitree, Devon. Benjamin was now employed as a carter for the council.

The 1911 census also records a change of address for the family,this time to 3 Albert Place, Wonford,Heavitree Devon,

Joseph was now employed as a building labourer.

 

He enlisted in Exeter and was killed in action on 01/07/1916.    

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