Park Walk War Memorial 3

Joseph Henry Powell

Surname: Powell
Other names: Joseph Henry
Other people in this story:
Francis Powell
Rosa Powell
Locations in this story:
Gaza War Cemetery
High Street, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Joseph Henry Powell was born in 1879 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Francis Powell, a draper, and Rosa Powell. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from April 1888 to August 1896. After leaving school he entered a firm of Chartered Accountants. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as an Accounts Clerk and living at 28 High Street, Shaftesbury. He later went to live and work in London and in 1915 enlisted in the London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles). His Service Number was 451613 and at the time of his death he held the rank of Lance Corporal. He served in the Egyptian Theatre and was killed in action at Gaza on 2nd November 1917. He was buried at Gaza War Cemetery (grave id. XIV.A.15). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals and is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in Shaftesbury School.

His name was included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Joseph's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.

Printed Sources:
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918

  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Shaftesbury Park Walk War Memorial 03
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 6

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives