b. ? 1865 Wadsley Bridge, near Sheffield, Yorkshire. d. ? 1924 Barnsley, Yorkshire.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 04/03/1908 Hamstead Colliery, South Staffordshire.
Joseph was the third of six children born to William Henry and Anne Outram (nee Sprigg) in Wadsley Bridge, near Sheffield, Yorkshire in 1865. His siblings were named Anne, Frank, and triplets Albert, William and Horatio. Sadly their father died when Joseph was 3, and their mother raised them on her own for a short time. Joseph became a coal miner from a young age in order to support his family. His mother re-married to a Mr Davis, and she had five further children. On 21st April 1889, Joseph married Alice O’Neill and their first daughter was born less than a year later. They eventually had five children in total. After a short time in Staffordshire where he was awarded the Edward Medal, he eventually settled back in his native Yorkshire, where he died in Barnsley aged 59 in 1924.
On the 4th March, 1908,a fire broke out at the Hamstead Colliery; 24 miners were entombed. The above named miners (together with John Welsby, who succumbed) descended the mine at various times at great personal risk to rescue the miners. They were provided with oxygen apparatus, but were unable to effect their object. His Majesty has been graciously pleased to allow the widow of John Welsby to receive the Medal which would have been granted to her husband.
BURIAL LOCATION: HOYLAND NETHER CEMETERY, HOYLAND, BARNSLEY, YORKSHIRE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.