Private 240677 Joseph Edward Neale
1st/5th Battalion, the Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
attached, 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment
Joseph Neale was the son of Joseph Edward and Rachel Neale, of High Street, Hungerford.
He enlisted in Guilford, Surrey where he was living at the time. He initially enlisted into the local Regiment the Royal West Surrey Regiment. We do not know if he ever served in any of their front line battalions but at some point he was transferred to the Norfolk Regiment.
He died on Saturday, 29th April 1916, age 27 in Mesopotamia and is buried in Kut War Cemetery, Iraq.
- The cap badge of the Norfolk Regiment
On the day he died the war dairy reads:
'Day passed without incident, Battalion employed cutting brushwood'.
We believed he was wounded on the 22nd April 1916 when the battalion was involved in a major action at Sanniayat when the casualties were listed as 13 Officers wounded, 22 Other ranks killed, 146 wounded, 22 missing. He was one of those wounded.