Joseph James Plant


Derbyshire Yeomanry 2664  
Durham Light Infantry 43025 & 260647 14th & 3rd Battalions
Royal Defence Corp 81632 109th Protection Coy

Photo Lea Mills postcard

Joseph James Plant in WW1

Joseph James Plant, usually known as James, left for service on 1 July 1915 and went to the Derbyshire Yeomanry before transferring to the Durham Light Infantry. He was hospitalised will illness early in January 1917 then was back in hospital wounded 29 January 1917. He was returnd to the UK aboard HS Cambria. After the war he returned to work at Lea Mills.

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Pension Record
Worked at Lea Mills as hosiery washer. He enlisted 29/05/15 aged 20 years and 3 mon; C of E
Taken on strength of 1/6th Sherwood Foresters for record purposes. Transferred to 5th Reserve Batt Durham Light Infantry & posted to 14th Batt with effect from 11/10/16 & assigned new Reg No. 43025. To retain Yeomanry rates of pay
31/05/15 to 19/09/16 Home
20/09/16 to 06/02/17 France
07/02/17 to 21/03/19 Home
14/10/16 Joined Batt in the field
14/11/10 Temp attached 170 Coy RE
24/11/16 Ryd Bn.
16/12/16 NYD Pyretia
02/01/17 To duty field
29/01/17 Wounded, gunshot wound to left leg
06/02/17 From Boulgne for UK aboard HS Cambria
26/03/17 Employment Coy Sunderland
30/06/18 Transferred to 109th Protection Coy RDC
06/02/19 Heart disease and gun shot wound to left leg

Newspaper article

High Peak News 13 January 1917
Pte. Jas. Plant of the Duham Light Infantry, son of Mr Geo. Plant, of the Queen's Head, has been sick in hospital at the front. A postcard came on December 18th that he was in hospital, and last Friday a letter arrived from him to his parents stating that by the time they received that letter he would be with his Regiment again. Bonsall wishes him the best of luck.

Derbyshire Courier 3 May 1919
Owing to the decline of interest the scout movement in Bonsall has been allowed to drift into inactivity, but with the conclusion of the war the scouts are being reorganised. A number of prominent residents have been added to the committee and Mr J Plant, late of the Durham Light Infantry has been appointed scoutmaster.

Letters to JB Marsden-Smedley

Pte. J. Plant 43025
14th Durham Light Infantry, 14th Platoon, D Company, B.E.F., France
JB Marsden Smedley Esqr:
Dear Sir
I esteem it a very great favour of yours, for sending parcel which was greatly enjoyed.  I found the contents very satisfactory, and your inquiry regarding hose would be of a very great welcome to me out here during the winter months.
I regret I have placed you to so much trouble in choosing contents for parcel, but at the same time I greatly appreciate your kindness.  I am keeping quite well, and trust you are the same.
I Remain
Dear Sir
Your Obedient Servant
J Plant

3rd Bn Durham Light Infantry
Bollingbroke Street, South Shields.
December 20th, 1917.
Messrs Marsden Smedley & Co Ltd.
I am in receipt of Singlets you have kindly given, also Christmas Card, Stationery &c. with your good wishes, for which I heartily thank you, and may we all have as happy a Christmas as possible under the existing circumstances.
Again thanking you and wishing you and all friends at Lea Mills the Compliments of the Season.
I beg to remain
Yours Obediently
Pte J Plant
Durham Light Infantry


1901: Bonsall

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Plant Head 42 Inn keeper Beverley, Yorks
Anne E Plant wife 40   Sheffield
Anne Plant daughter 13   Hull
Harold Plant son 12   Hull
Elsie Plant daughter 10   Hull
Lucy Plant daughter 8   Hull
Nellie Plant daughter 5   Hull
James Plant son 3   Hull

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1911: The Cross Bonsall

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Plant Head 51 General carting Beverley, Yorks
Anne Elizabeth Plant wife 52   Sheffield
Martha Anne Plant daughter 23 General servant Hull
Harold Gregory Plant son 22 Labourer Hull
Lydia Elsie Plant daughter 20 Cotton reeler Hull
Lucy Plant daughter 18 Cotton reeler Hull
Dinah Ellen Plant daughter 15 Cotton reeler Hull
Joseph James Plant son 13 Errand boy Hull
George Walter Plant son 8   Bonsall

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