Mother Annie (nee Byrom) married 3 times. 1st. Marriage to Thomas Southern. 25th February 1868 St Nicholas Church Halewood. Thomas Southern died 1889. 2nd. marriage to George Webb cannot prove marriage, On 1901 census George Webb and Annie Webb with 3 Southern Children. 3rd Marriage to William Peter Roberts 16th November 1912 at St Augustine Church Everton..
According to the Commonwealth war Graves Commission Private Joseph Southern son of Annie Roberts (formerly Southern) of 3 Rushton Place Allerton Rd Woolton and late Thomas Southern.
From the Devereux Database, Museum of Liverpool Pierhead Private Joseph Southern 9th son of Thomas and Anne Southern( Anne daughter of William Byron). Born Woolton 24th March 1892. Employed as a gardener at Mr Charles Williamson of Camphill Woolton.
A friend writing to Josephs mother. It is with great regret to tell you of Joe’s death. Joe was hit by a German sniper to his head. At first we hoped for his recovery but he gradually grew weaker and was peaceful at the end. He was buried by the Chaplain whose home is at Halewood . A little cross with his name and regiment will mark the grave.
(It is possible the Chaplain mentioned above is Captain Charles Benjamin Plummer of the Army Chaplains Dept the 2nd son of Cannon Plummer of the Halewood Rectory)
Private Joseph Southern effects sent to his mother was 1 prayer book, 1 small Tale book ?, 1 cig case, 1 leather case, Photos, 1 leather purse, 9 penny stamps, ??, Scissors, 1 cap badge and discs.
Brothers Edward & Robert fell also. Edward 15/2/1916, Robert 12/2/1919
Private Joseph Southern serial number 14666 and served in the 12th Bn Kings Liverpool Regiment died 9th April 1916
Private Joseph Southern is Remebered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate ) Memorial