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Joseph Judge

Headstone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Judge AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 56791 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1 May 1877 Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - Miltary personnel file
  • Place of birth
    Bacup Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - England census 1911, 1901, 1891, 1881
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    10 Nixon Place Wanganui Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - Military personnel file
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Judge (mother), 17 Leyland Street, Accrington, Lancashire, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - Military personnel file


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 56791 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    1917 Labourer at soap factory Gilberd and Sons in Wanganui
    1911 Labourer at a chemical manufacturer Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - Military personnel file and 1911 census
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Ten privates, serving in the 1NZEF (28th Reinforcements) were killed in Bere Ferrers Railway Station while getting out of the Troop Train on September 24 1917. They had just landed at Plymouth and were on their way to join their comrades on Salisbury Plain for preliminary training.

      The accident happened when a trainful of NZ troops who had just arrived in the country left Friary Station, Plymouth at 3pm. At 3.50 the train approached Bere Ferrers. The soldiers were raw, sick, tired and above all hungry, having eaten breakfast at 6am. They had been told that food would be provided on the journey. The arrangement was that when the train made its first stop at Exeter, two men from each carriage would carry provisions from the brake-van together with cups of tea and buns provided by the Mayoress' Comforts Fund. When the train made an unscheduled stop at Bere Ferrers, men in the rear section of the train decided that this must be Exeter, and breaking the rule of two from each carriage, jumped down. Some of them spilled onto the down-line track, just as the Waterloo -to- Plymouth Express rounded the sharp curve on its entry into Bere Ferrers. Although the fireman shouted a warning, and the train driver applied the brakes, the train pulled up about 400m beyond the station. Nine soldiers died instantly and another died the following morning in Tavistock Hospital. The inquest revealed that the men had got out of the train in the wrong side simply because they had assumed the door of entry was the correct door to exit by. Information was supplied by Mrs Kyle (England). AWMM
    • Outline Of His Life
      Rifleman Joseph Judge was aged 40 when he died in the railway accident on the way to Sling Camp in 1917. He had never married, and was survived by his mother and brother.
      Joseph was born in Bacup, Lancashire on 1 May 1877. His parents Anthony Judge (a stonemason) and Catherine O’Neil lived all their lives in Lancashire. When joseph emigrated to New Zealand in 1912 he left behind his brother and his widowed mother at 17 Leyland Street Accrington.
      He sailed from London to Auckland on the S S Ruahine, describing himself as “chemical worker” (in the census the year before he was a general labourer with a chemical manufacturer).
      When he was called up in 1917 he was living in a respectable boarding house at 10 Nixon Place Wanganui in the North Island of New Zealand, at which time has was employed by soap manufacturer J B Gilberd & Sons Ltd as a labourer.
      He enlisted on 23 April 1917 and sailed to war aboard the Ulimaroa on 26 July, disembarking in England on 24 September and died in the railway accident later that day. He is buried in the Efford Cemetery, Plymouth, grave 3407 (Roman Catholic).
      It seems his mother died in the County Asylum in 1921, and Joseph’s service medal was forwarded to his brother Arthur at 1 Grimshaw Street Accrington. Arthur, who was born in Bacup circa 1883, was the sole survivor of Joseph’s immediate family; although the 1881 census mentions O’Neil and Smith relatives. Public - Mervyn Phillip - Researcher - 20 July 2017 - Military pesonnel file, England census 1881-1911, emigration passenger list
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About death

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  • Death
    24 September 1917 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England AWMM R.C. C. 3407. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Bere Ferrers Parrish, Devon, memorial tablet AWMM

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20 July 2017Mervyn PhillipLevin, New ZealandResearcher
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