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Cousins, born in Almondsbury, features on the Tytherington War Memorial.
He enlisted in September 1914 and was killed in action in France on 26th
August 1916 fighting with the 1st Somerset Light Infantry, which fought
on the western front from August 1914. Joseph is commemorated at Thiepval
a major war memorial to the 72,195 missing British and South African men
who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915
and 1918 with no known grave.
His photograph was published in the Bristol Times and Mirror on Saturday 8th January 1916 along with other Tytherington men who had responded to the call of King and Country. An explanation of medals awarded can be found here.
The 1901 Census shows Joseph age 9, a scholar, living with his father Thomas and grandmother Louisa Weeks in Almondsbury. By the 1911 Census he is a farm labourer living in Earthcott with his wife Lois. At this time they had no children.
Click on the thumbnails below to view the Census details.