Private Wilfred Joy 15/534 and Private Walter Joy 15/1794

Private Wilfred Joy
Born. Leeds, 1896.
Killed in action 3/5/1917, aged 21.

Private Walter Joy
Born. Leeds, 1890.
Killed in action 16/4/1917 aged 27.

Wilfred and Walter Joy were two of four sons born to William and Elizabeth Joy of 18 Strathmore Drive, Harehills Lane, Leeds. Wilfred enlisted in the "Pals" in September 1914. His brother Walter enlisted in the second draft in May 1915 and after training together at Colsterdale saw service in Egypt and then France. They went ‘over the top’ together on 1st of July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and both survived, although Walter was wounded and after recovering was posted to the 1st Battalion West Yorks. Wilfred stayed with the "Pals".

They were both killed in action within a few weeks of each other, Walter on the 16th April 1917 and Wilfred on the 3rd May 1917.

Walter is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas-de Calais, France and Wilfred at Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France.
The other two brothers also served in the army,Leonard served as a Private with the Durham Light Infantry and survived the war,Harry served as a stretcher bearer with the Royal Army Medical Corps, he also survived.

The Leeds Pals Website would like to thank the Joy family for their help in supplying the photograph above and kind words in a recent letter.

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