Joseph Robley, son of Thomas Robley and Sarah Lowis, was born at Lazonby in October, 1893. His grandparents were Joseph Robley and Jane Craggs.
On the 1901 census Joseph is recorded at Howgate Terrace, Kirkby Stephen with his parents, Thomas & Sarah. Brother Thomas and sisters Ada Mary & Sarah Margaret were born in Kirkoswald Parish (Scarrowmanwick).. Joseph was born in Lazonby, Cumberland. Two younger brothers John and William Lowis were born in Soulby, Westmorland
On the 1911 census Joseph is working at Hartley Castle, Kirkby Stephen: "Servant Single M 17 1894 Cowman on farm". Alice Watson is recorded at the same address: "Servant Single 18 1893 House Maid Domestic Westmorland Bongate". Joseph was to marry Alice, and it is interesting to find out, from this census, where they were likely to have met.
Joseph Robley married Alice Watson, daughter of Mark & Millicent Watson on 4th November 1916 at Dufton Parish Church Westmorland. According to the 1901 census Mark was a lead miner from Murton in Westmorland.
Extracts from "Descriptive Report on Enlistment".
|Apparent Age||21 Years 2 months|
|Height||5 feet 10 and a half inches|
|Chest Girth when fully Expanded||38 inches|
|Chest Range of Expansion||3 inches|
|Name & Address of Next of Kin||Thomas Robley, Soulby, Kirkby Stephen|
Extracts from "Attestation of Joseph Robley". No. 11/17381. Lonsdale Battalion. The Border Regiment.
|What is your full Address?||Soulby, Kirkby Stephen.|
|What is your Trade or Calling?||Farm Servant|
Commonwealth War Graves. Casualty Details
|Unit Text||11th Bn.|
|Date of Death||26/11/1918|
|Additional Information||Son of Thomas and Sarah Robley, of Soulby, Kirkby Stephen, Westn. Husband of the late Alice Robley, of Laylands, Appleby.|
|Casualty Type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||B1.CE.53.||Cemetery||Cockermouth Cemetery|
Joseph & Alice lost a baby girl after his discharge from the army and her death was registered at Kendal in the September quarter of 1917. They moved to Cockermouth and in the Autumn of 1918 they had a boy, Joseph Albert who died when he was 2 days old.
Both Joseph & Alice died in the Spanish 'flu pandemic of 1918. They collapsed and died on the same day (26th November, 1918) within hours of each other. Joseph was 25 and Alice 26.
"COCKERMOUTH. In Cockermouth there are some hundreds of people suffering, in some cases whole households being affected. Some 20 of the soldiers who are working on the land in the neighbourhood are down with it, and in the case of one of them it has had a fatal result. Several deaths attributed to the epidemic and other causes, have occurred during the last week. On Thursday there were some ten burials in Cockermouth Cemetery. Simpson Hewetson, 52, cattle drover, living alone in The Goat, fell dead in Derwent Street, and Mr. Joseph Robley and his wife died within a few hours of each other on Monday."
Joseph was buried in Allerdale Council Cemetery, Cockermouth. His is an Imperial War Graves Stone. Plan location:B1. Plot no. 53.
There is no stone for Alice, but she is buried beside him (Plot B1 52). Their 2 day old baby, Joseph Albert is buried near Joseph and Alice. (Plot B 211).
Researched by Jane Matthews, Carlisle. October 2009.