DOOLEY, Joseph

Guardsman Joseph Dooley
12752 Grenadier Guards

Joseph Dooley was born in 1886,  the son of George Dooley born Stockport and his wife Sarah (nee Whitehouse) born West Bromwich, Staffs. In 1901 the family was living at 23, Casson Street, Ironville, by which time his mother Sarah had re-married George Clarke. Joseph had siblings George b. 1878, Sarah b. 1880, William b. 1882 and Lizzie b. 1883.

In 1909 Joseph married Lizzie Ann Low born St George Hanover Square, Essex and in 1910 they had a son George Joseph Dooley who sadly only lived for 9 months and was buried at St. Mary’s, Westwood in 1911, residence given as Albert Avenue, Jacksdale.

Joseph was a regular in the army before the outbreak of WW1. In 1911 he was billeted at Blenheim Barracks, Aldershot. In 1918/1919 he was listed on the Voters Roll as being absent from Albert Avenue, Jacksdale. His brother William Dooley MSM is absent from the same address. Joseph served through the entire war and was awarded the 1914 Star (including Clasp & Roses), the British War and Victory Medals. His brothers William and George Dooley also served.

Joseph died at his home in Albert Avenue, Jacksdale on 30th October 1946, aged 60. A post mortem examination was ordered by the District Coroner to ascertain cause of death. Joseph, a forgeman had been involved in an accident at the Butterley Forge in June, when he fell from a railway wagon and was struck by the wagon doors.  He spent eight weeks in Nottingham General Hospital and also had received treatment at Ripley Hospital for partial paralysis. His death was reported in the Nottingham Evening Post but cause was not stated.  His wife Lizzie died in 1967, aged 81. They are buried at St. Mary’s, Westwood.