Joseph Kynaston was born in Earlstown Lancashire 15th February 1895. The son of Joseph and Ada Lillie Kynaston. He was baptised at Newton in Makerfield on 10th March 1895.
Earlstown is located midway between Liverpool and Manchester.
In 1899 he is registered as attending Earlstown Church of England Infant School and his address is given as 38 Bank Street. His father Joseph is employed as a Spring Maker.
In 1901 the census records show that the family were now living at Newton in Makerfield at 74 Regent Street and the head of the household is Josephs mother Ada L Kynaston.
(There is a Joseph Kynaston who fought in the Boer War 1899-1902 which could be the reason why Ada Lillie is classed as Head of the Household. Without further research however I cannot definitely confirm this).
Between 1901 and 1907 the family moved from Newton in Makerfield as on the 1911 census Joseph’s sister Gladys’ place of birth is given as Derbyshire. By 1911 the family were living at 183 Holland Road Old Whittington. Joseph is now 16 yrs old and is working as an Apprentice Boiler Smith at the same place as his father, Coal and Iron Co. (This was quite possibly at Sheepbridge Works).
Joseph joined the army in the early stages of the War. He enlisted in Chesterfield as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, his service number was 73171. He arrived in France 29th July 1915 and he was Killed in Action on 25th September 1915, Joseph was 20 years old when he died.
This is a short history of the movement of the 46th Brigade in 1915 taken from Forces War records:
Advance parties landed at Boulogne on 23 February and eight days later the units began to arrive. Concentration was completed by 8 March.
The first months after arriving in France were spent in the Ypres salient.
The 46th saw action at the battle of Hooge July 1915 and they were also in action at the Battle of Loos 25th September 1915.
Unfortunately I am unable to confirm if this is where Joseph was definitely killed.
Below is a transcript of the obituary for Joseph in the Derbyshire Courier 16th October 1915:
KILLED WHILST SERVING THE GUNS
Old Whittington Soldier’s Fate
News has been received at Old Whittington of the death of Private J Kynaston at the Front. Young Kynaston joined the Royal Field Artillery in the early stages of the War, and was Killed in Action whilst serving the guns on 25th September. He would have been 21 years of age in February and the loss is a severe one to his mother, who resides at Holland Road Old Whittington.
Prior to joining the Royal Field Artillery he served in the local Corps of the Boy Scouts. A letter announcing his death came from Captain B W Rhodes who wrote- “It is with the deepest regret that I have to announce the death of your son who was Killed in Action (instantly) on Friday the 25th September, whilst serving his gun. The official intimation will be forwarded from the War Office in due course together with his personal belongings. His loss is deeply mourned by the whole of his comrades, and we trust that you will receive the great blow with calmness and fortitude, knowing that he died whilst doing his duty. His remains were buried by the Army Chaplain, and a substantial cross erected over the grave”
Josephs father had died in 1914 and the obituary indicated his mother was still living at Holland Road at the time of Josephs death. However, the grave registration documents state that Mrs Kynaston moved from Chesterfield to Mirfield in Yorkshire.
His younger brother John was also serving during World War 1 and did survive.
Joseph is buried at White House Cemetery, St Jean Les Ypres.
The inscription on his grave reads :
To Memory Ever Dear
Full cemetery details can be found here
Joseph was awarded The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1914/15 Star.
Photo taken from ancestry.co.uk (with permission)
Joseph is commemorated on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorials.