Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial: Pier and Face 2C.
He enlisted in Hatfield, Herts; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 8 November 1914, and was presumed killed in action during a partially successful attack on Trones Wood. Unfortunately, Joseph’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
Son of Joseph and Phoebe (nee KING) PENN.
His parents married 1887 in the Watford district.
Joseph was born 17 December 1887 in Watford, and baptised 13 January 1888 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts. He attended Beechen Grove Infants’ School, Watford; then Beechen Grove Board School from 23 January 1895 to 12 May 1896; again from 30 August 1897 to 10 May 1899; yet again from 3 October 1899. He resided in Watford.
On the 1891 Census, aged 3 he lived in Watford, with his mother and no siblings. On the 1901 Census, a boy under detention aged 13, he lived in Manor Park, Essex. On the 1911 Census, he is proving elusive.
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)