Joseph Hypolite Blareau

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No 591989
Date of Death 22/08/1918
Age 22
Regiment/Service London Regt (London Irish Rifles) 1st/18th Bn.
Cemetery Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme

Joseph Hypolite Blareau was born in 1896 in West Dulwich to Zephirim Blareau, a French teacher, and his wife Sarah Jane (nee Mockeridge). Joseph was baptised on the 7th May 1896 at St Luke’s Church, West Norwood. Joseph had three older sisters, Amy Therese (b.1889), Lilian (b.1891) and Gertrude (b.1893). Joseph’s father died in 1899, when Joseph was just three years old and his mother re-married on the 28th March 1903 to William Prael Stevens. Sarah Jane and William had one daughter, Ruby (b.1904).  After William’s death in 1911, Sarah Jane and her children moved from Hornsey to Bow Lane, Finchley.

Upon leaving school at 15, Joseph found employment as a Junior Clerk, before enlisting with the London Regiment in Chelsea for the duration of the war.