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8 Jul 1917
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Pte Joseph Bransome, 22530, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died in hospital on July 8th, 1917, from wounds sustained on the battlefield on July 1st. He was aged 33.
Chaplain the Rev H. S. Clarke wrote to widow Daisy Mildred Bransome at 17 Langley Place, Luton, notifying her of her husband's death. He said he was "badly knocked about in his ribs, head, chest and leg, but he made excellent progress and every hope was entertained for his recovery. He bore his pain and discomfort throughout with splendid patience and pluck, and we all feel that he died as he live - like a hero."
Joseph Bransome enlisted in the Beds Regiment in August 1915 and went to France in February 1916. Prior to joining the Army he was employed by Luton Corporation.
He was born in Newton Blossomville, Bucks, close to Olney where Daisy Mildred Harris was born. The couple married in 1906 and had six children - Eunice, Florence, Dorothy, Joseph, Hilda and Alice. At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at Crawley Green Cottage, Stopsley, and Joseph was then a ploughman.
Daisy remarried in 1920, her new husband being Charles Jefferson. The newly-weds at first lived at 23 Langley Place.