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VERNON Joseph Torkington
[Listed as Sergeant Major on memorial] Sergeant 226039, 330th Road Constructon Company, Royal Engineers formerly 28254, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 14 August 1917. Aged 38. Born 26 May 1879, and enlisted, Manchester. Husband of Margaret Vernon, of 4, Kingsley Place, Moston, Manchester. In the 1881 census he was aged 2, born Salford, son of William and Martha Vernon, resident 8, Highfield Terrace, Harpurhey, Prestwich, Lancashire. Admitted to Christ Church School, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, Manchester 11 January 1886, son of William Vernon (a Book Keeper), resident 31 Lee Road. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School, Gorton, Manchester 12 February 1888. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School (Boys), Gorton, Manchester 24 February 1890, removed to Wesleyan School 22 february 1891. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, born Harpurhey, son of William and Martha Vernon, resident Oakworth Street, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 21, born Harpurhey, a Pavior, son of William and Martha Vernon, resident 19, Oakworth Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Manchester, a Highways Inspector, married to Margaret with two sons, resident 4 Kingsley Place, Moston, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row F. Grave 10.

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