Joseph Marsden Hick was born on the 21st July 1895 and baptised at St Luke, Eccleshill, the son of Joseph Clayton and Hettie Hick of Elsworth House, Moorside, Eccleshill. His sister Ethel born in 1898 was also baptised on the same day. Joseph’s father was a schoolmaster. He married Henrietta Marsden in Bradford in 1891.In 1901 the family were living at 79 Moorside and their third child Dorothy had been born in 1899.Joseph Marsden was educated at St Luke’s Church School. By 1911 the family were living at
309 Moorside Road and Joseph Snr.wais working as an assistant teacher for the City council. At 15 years of age Joseph was working as an office boy for Shippers in Cloth Goods. Before entering the Army he was employed in the Eastern Trade Department of Messrs. Pornett and Co.He enlisted in May 1916 in the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment as Private 61880 and entered France on the 25th of August 1916. He received his commission in October 1917 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant.
He was killed in action during the Battle of the Lys which lasted from the 7th to the 29th of April. Kemmelburg is a height commanding the area between Armentieres and Ypres and on the 17th of April the German 4th Army attacked but were repulsed by the British. Joseph lost his life that day. He was 22 years of age.He is buried in the Godewaersveld British Cemetery. The cemetery was begun in July 1917 and from April to August 1918 during the German offensive in Flanders field ambulances and fighting units both used it for burials.
In the records of the Army effects Joseph gave authority to “R P Warley to charge” leaving his effects to a Mrs Elsie Eley Naylor who had been born in Bramley in 1890 and married to Ernest Naylor in 1915. The word Adieux! with the exclamation mark is also recorded suggesting an intimacy. Mrs Naylor received the sum of £77.1.1d on the 23rd December 1918 and £22.10.0d on the 19th December 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks