Melbury Abbas and Zig Zag Hill

Joseph Isaac Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Joseph Isaac
Other people in this story:
William Sidney Jesse
Ada Jesse née Rideout
Sophia M. Jesse
Lilian M. Jesse née Ashton
Gilbert James Jesse
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Islington, Middlesex
France & Flanders
Crosby, Merseyside

Joseph Isaac Jesse was born at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1895 and was baptised at Lyndhurst, Hampshire, on 4th March 1898, the son of William Sidney Jesse and Ada Jesse (née Rideout). The family had moved following the death of Joseph's father in 1910, to Wiverley Lodge, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, where his mother was the Gatekeeper.  He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service No 58589) and served with them in France and Flanders from 25 Aug 1915.  On discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  On his discharge he joined the Merchant Navy and signed on as a Steward on the RMS Olympic on 17 Mar 1919 - the vessel was the sister ship of the ill-fated Titanic. He remained in the Merchant Service throughout WW2 being involved in the Atlantic Convoys. He remained single until 1948 when he married Sophia M. (surname unknown) in Islington, Middlesex. In 1964 he married for a second time, in Crosby, Merseyside, to Lilian M. Ashton.  His death was recorded in Liverpool North Registration District in 1969. 

Joseph's brother Gilbert James also served in the war, but sadly died in 1917 while serving with the Hampshire Regiment in France.


Links to related web content / sources:
Gilbert James Jesse
The National Archives