No. 13371, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of wounds on Tuesday 4 April 1916 (aged 38)
Le Treport Military Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France (Plot 2. Row K. Grave 6)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
After Rifleman Joseph Oswald (No. 13371) died it was reported in the Newtownards Chronicle that he was a brother of Miss Oswald of Auburn, Donaghadee.
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Joseph Oswald was born in Ballynahinch and he enlisted in Belfast.
Joseph Oswald was born on 21 November 1877 in Meeting Street, Ballynahinch and he was a son of Eliza Ann Oswald who had at least three children:
Joseph (born 21 November 1877 in Meeting Street, Ballynahinch)
William James (born 20 August 1881 in Meeting Street, Ballynahinch)
Elizabeth (born 16 August 1890 in Meeting Street, Ballynahinch)
Joseph Oswald enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Rifleman Joseph Oswald (No. 13371) was 38 when he died of wounds in the 16th General Hospital on 4 April 1916 and he was buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France. He made his will on 4 October 1915 and in it he left all his property and effects to his sister Elizabeth who lived at Ashestiel, University Road, Belfast.
Rifleman Joseph Oswald (No. 13371) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 520).