Sergeant Joseph Claude Hoxley
5 October 1916
Sgt Joseph Claude Hoxley s/no 8091 age 24
buried Struma Military Cemetery plot III H 7
Joseph, and all his siblings, were born in Ely. But his mother had been born in Bury St Edmunds and the family moved from Ely to Bury in the 1900s. The entry in the CWGC register states that Joseph’s brother, William Arthur Hoxley, also died in WW1 and my investigations showed a strongly military family. William Arthur and Mary Jane Hoxley had 10 children between 1883 and 1899. Of the 9 that survived after 1911 – 2 sons died in WW1 – 3 more sons fought and returned – the husbands of the 2 daughters fought and returned – and there’s a strong possibility that the remaining 2 sons also fought, their names are quite common.
Looking further back, William Arthur and his brother John Thomas were also military men.
The 1891 census is quite revealing. William was age 36, a soldier, and he and his family lived on Walpole Lane in Ely. His brother John, age 37, a ‘col/sgt on permanent staff’ lived next door with his family. 3 of John’s children survived after 1911 and one of his boys was also military. My rough map shows the cathedral and a tangle of streets that suggest a barracks – Parade Lane – Militia Way – and Walpole Lane now Silver Street.
In 1881 the Cambridgeshire Militia amalgamated with the Suffolk Regiment and the militia barracks in Barton Road were sold in 1913/4, the documents are at The National Archive.
So there are 4 Hoxley brothers on the same page on the Suffolk Regiment Medal Roll.