Death of Chapel soldier killed in trenches marked 100 years on

Jennifer White with memorabilia of her grandfather who was the first member of the 11th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters to be killed in WW1
Jennifer White with memorabilia of her grandfather who was the first member of the 11th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters to be killed in WW1
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A soldier who was the first in his battalion of Sherwood Foresters to be killed in the First World War has been remembered - 100 years after his death.

Joseph Tinsley, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, died on September 13 1915 when he was shot by a sniper while cutting grass in front of the trenches.

He was 38 years old and left a wife and four daughters.

His granddaughter, Jennifer White, of Dovedale Crescent, Buxton, said: “I saw the piece in the Advertiser about the Foresters two weeks ago and I thought people might be interested in my grandfather’s story.

“In June, we went out to France and found his grave in a place called Erquinghem-Lys near the Belgian border.

“It was a beautifully kept church and churchyard and in the graveyard there were soldiers from all over - Germans, Americans and Russians.”

“I keep the photos, clippings and medals as I think it’s important to pass it on to the next generation.”

Some of the memorabilia Jennifer keeps are a series of letters sent to Mr Tinsley’s widow from his commanding officer and comrades which were printed in the ‘Reporter’ newspaper in the aftermath of his death.

In one of the letters, Captain H.K. Watts describes Joseph as ‘one of his best men’ and told his wife his last words were of her and his children.

And in another, comrades James Garlick and George Hewitt, of Chapel, and Chapel Milton, said he had died ‘doing his duty’ and hoped that she would ‘bear up with your loss as best as you can’.