Joseph Barrow was born in Knutsford, Cheshire in 1894, one of two children born to Thomas (a farm labourer) and Hannah of Blakeley Cottage, Mobberley. Joseph was an apprentice grocer.
He enlisted in the 16th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment as private no. 19321, and arrived in France on the 10th November 1915.
Joseph was killed in action on the 23rd April 1917.
On that fateful day:
The war diary states:
At 4.40am on the 24th the 90th Brigade commenced its attack on the German position of CHERISY. 17th Manchester on the right and Royal Scots on the left. 16th Manchesters in close support. The attack was conceived as a leap-frog plan. The leading waves having objectives half the distance to the village. 2nd and 3rd waves to push to points in and around the village.
16th supplied specialist bombing parties for the advance.
The advance met extremely heavy machine-gun fire and destructive artillery fire.
Our troops fought hard and doggedly throughout the day and many parties succeeded in penetrating their objectives but by nightfall very little ground had been gained whilst the loss had been appalling. The German resistance had been very strong from the first and as indicated the advance had been at a heavy cost.
(The Germans suffered heavily too in their counter-attacks)
Losses for the day 31 OR Killed 56 missing.