Private Joe Groom from Ketton was a gardener before the war. He was born at Stamford on 29 September 1871 and was in his forties when he enlisted on 5 June 1916. He went out to France on 24 May 1917 with the 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, and was killed on 22 November the same year by a shell near Langemarck at the very end of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, grave IV.F.5, and is remembered on Ketton's war memorial. After the war, his widow Mary and two children lived in High Street, Ketton.
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