Joseph Robert Armstrong Wharton

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Binchester, Durham, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Craghead, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Coal miner

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Ferryhill, Durham, England, United Kingdom
 —  Durham Light Infantry, 13th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Reutel, Beselare, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 131A

Distinctions and medals 3

1914-15 Star
Medal — 26/11/1919
British War Medal
Medal — 15/04/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 15/04/1920

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Joseph Robert Armstrong Wharton, a former coal miner, was born on the 18th of October 1892 in Binchester, Durham, England. He was the son of Joseph Robert and Jane Ann Armstrong. On September 5th, 1914, Joseph Wharton enlisted In Ferryhill, Durham, England. He served as a private in the 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, part of the 68th Brigade, of the 23rd Division.

On the 10th of October 1917 the 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry relieved the front line troops at the Reutel Crossroads, facing the village of Beselare. The relief was complete on the morning of the 11th, establishing the headquarters at the Butte in Polygon Wood. During the 11th and the night of the 12th the enemy shelled the front and support lines, prompting the headquarters to move south to the edge of Polygon Wood. The Battalion was relieved on the night between the 12th and 13th of October 1917 and moved to Railway dugouts at Zillebeke.

Joseph Robert Armstrong Wharton, aged 24, was killed in action on October 12th, 1917. Between the 11th and the 12th of October forty men were wounded and five men were killed. Private Joseph Wharton was one of the men killed that day. He has no known grave and is remembered on panel 131A of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Sources 5

13 Battalion Durham Light Infantry (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2182/2).
Sources used
British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 372).
Sources used
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
Sources used
War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War (The National Archives, Kew (TNA) WO 363).
Sources used
Wilfrid Miles, The Durham Forces in the Field, 1914-18 (London, Cassell and Company, 1920), 195.
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