Joshua Grantham was born in Cottingham in 1892. He was son of Albert and Martha Grantham.
He enlisted with Coldstream Guards on 16 September 1909 aged 17
In 1911 census Private 8457 Joshua T Grantham, as a regular soldier, was in barracks at Aldershot and within two weeks of the outbreak of war on 28 July 1914, the Coldstream Guards were already on their way to France.
The Guards were involved in major battles during the summer of 1914 and suffered serious casualties. According to letters published in the Beverley Guardian, he had been separated from his own regiment from 3 September and had joined up with the 1st Cheshire Regiment. He told of the hard fighting and the damage to towns and villages from “Jack Johnsons”, the nickname used to describe the impact of German 15cm artillery shells.
Joshua had died of wounds on 15 November 1914 in No 3 Field Hospital Ypres. He was age 22 and had been on the Western Front for just 3 months.
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