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242211 Private Joseph Franklin Castling


York and Lancaster Regiment

25th March 1918


Born in Auckland, Durham in 1885. He was baptised on 19/04/1885.

His parents were Joseph Franklin Castling

(1840-15/12/1884) and Elizabeth Wilton

(1846-1923). They married on  03/10/1863.

Joseph had 3 brothers; John

(1869-1940),William(14/08/1880-1960) and

Joseph Francis(1871-04/03/1873).

He also had 7 sisters; Ellen(1864-1931),

Mary Ann(1865-1940),Jane(born on 13/01/1868),Martha(1874-1931),

Elizabeth Ann(1876-1966),

Frances Annie Franklin(14/04/1878-18/04/1898),


His father died before he was born and his mother remarried in 1888 to James Nelson (1843-1922) and 

 they had a daughter,


In the 1891 census, the family were recorded as living at Stain Drop Lane, West Auckland,Durham.

Stepfather James was employed as a traction engine driver.    

In the 1901 census, Stepfather James was now employed as a farm manager,with Joseph working on the farm.

They were all living at Staindrop Field House. 

In the 1911 census, the family were now living at 8 Toad Pool,West Auckland,Durham, James was out of work and Joseph was employed as a colliery labourer.  

I can find no date of either his enlistment or disembarkation into France.

He was killed in action on 25/03/1918.

He was awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

His mother was awarded a pension of 9/- a week from 08/10/1918.

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