Private Joseph Bryan was born in Exton, the son of George and Harriet Bryan. He was brought up with his four sisters at 71, Stamford End in Exton. Joseph became a railway porter but enlisted in the Army just before the war began, in July 1914. He joined the Rifle Brigade and went out to France in August 1914. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, becoming the first man from Exton to die in the war. He has no known grave, and is remembered on Panel 32 of Le Touret Memorial in France, and the war memorial at the church in Exton. Around the time of Joseph's death the family moved to the Bradford area. Joseph was related to Alfred Hibbitt of Hambleton who also died in the war.
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