Second Lieutenant
Joseph Morton
8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

Joseph Morton Bibby was born in Liverpool, in 1887, the eldest son of Joseph and Ruby Bibby.
Joseph was educated at Birkenhead School, and attended there from 1903,1904 on leaving school, he went to work in his fathers company Bibby & Sons Ltd” (Seed Crushers), Regent Rd, Bootle Liverpool, by the outbreak of the Great war, he had attained the position of Junior Director. In his spare time he had been a member of the Shaftsbury Boys Club.
In December, 1914 he enlisted into the newly formed 17th ( lst City ) Bn. King s ( Liverpool ) Regiment and joined his two brothers, Charles and Henry Percy Bibby in ” C ” Coy. His regimental number was 22013. After he and his brothers had completed training at Prescot, Knowsley, Grantham and Salisbury Plain, they embarked for France, at Southampton, 6th November, 1915, on board their troopship, the former south Eastern and Chatham Railway ship SS Invicta Private Joseph Morton Bibby went on to serve with the 17th King s until the early hours of 13th May, 1916, when he was badly wounded with shrapnel to his back and thorax, by heavy enemy artillery fire. At 1 a.m on the morning of the 13th May the King s were in the Maricourt Defences on the Somme battlefield. They had come under heavy German artillery fire which was chiefly directed on the sector to their right where an attack had been made, an attack was made but repulsed. One officer(Lieutenant Bagnall) and seven OR s were wounded. Private Bibby was admitted to the 96th Field Ambulance on the same day, and was later transferred to No. 5 casualty clearing station, on 14th May 1916 he was admitted to the 2nd Canadian Hospital, before being invalided back to England onboard the hospital ship Stad Antwerpen on 20th May, 1916. From here he was transferred to a military hospital at Bethnal Green. Eventually, he made a full recovery, and gained a commission in the 8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment Second Lieutenant Bibby served with this battalion until he was believed to have been killed in action on 3rd May 1917 and was posted as missing. 8th Bn. East Yorkshires were serving in the Monchy sector near Arras. Second Lieutenant Bibby s body was never recovered and identified from the battlefield and is therefore commemorated by name only on Panel s 4 &5 The Arras Memorial France , Photo , Wounded Casualty list Hull Daily Mail 19 May 1917 , Missing believed killed Newcastle Journal 21 May 1917

Date Died
01 March 1917
Panel s 4 &5 The Arras Memorial France
Next of Kin
Son of Joseph and Ruth Bibby, of The Priory, Bidston, Birkenhead.