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Joseph James Colby joined the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and arrived in France on the 23rd October 1914. HIs first action was at 1st Ypres Neuve Chapelle on 29th October 1914. Following this J.J. Colby participated in the Battles of Belleward and Hooge, 1915.
During 1916, the 1st Battalion joined the 9th Brigade of the 3rd Division and saw heavy fighting on the Somme. The 1st Battalion took part in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge on 14th July 1916, when Bazentin-le-Grand was captured. Following this the Battalion took part in the attacks on Delville Wood on 23rd July 1916 and Guillemont on 18th August, 1916.
In 1917, L. Cpl. Colby was transferred to the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and received the new service number of 46856. L. Cpl Colby's first action with the West Yorks. Regt. was in the Battle of Cambrai in December 1917, when he was severely wounded. As a result of his wounds, Joseph James Colby was discharged on 4th January 1918.
The 1914 Star Trio is sold with copies of MIC and SWB documents, which record that L.Cpl. Colby's discharge was as a result of wounds.
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