Born: 9th November 1886, Ipswich.
Died: 27th March 1918; age 31; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 19622
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of R. Mullett, of 184, Fore Street, Ipswich.
1891 7, Bright Street, Ipswich.
Joseph was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles Mullett, 43, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.
Hannah Mullett (nee Potter), 39, born Debenham, Suffolk.
Charles Henry Mullett, 19, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.
Leonard Walter Mullett, 16, a Sea Mariner, born Ipswich.
William Mullett, 12, born Ipswich.
Albert Edward Mullett, 10, born Ipswich.
Octavius Ernest Mullett, 8, born Ipswich.
Elizabeth Frances Mullett, 6, born Ipswich.
Frank John Mullett, 3, born Ipswich.
John Mullett, 1, born Ipswich.
1901 24, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Joseph was 15 years old, a Carman’s Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 51, a Sailor – Seaman.
William, 21, a Royal Horse Artillery – Soldier.
Octavious, 18, a Sailor – Seaman.
On the 1st April 1916, Ipswich, Joseph married, Rebecca Harris, born 1886, Stebbing, Essex.
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:
On March 20th 1918 the 7th Battalion were enjoying the start of a rest period but within hours the Germans began a major offensive at Picardy. The division having taken up positions in the area of Busnes, receiving orders during the night of the 24th-25th moved south to the Albert sector. Travelling through the night under clear moonlight sky’s while passing through Lillers German aircraft bombed the town taking advantage of the clear skies.
On arrival they were given orders to take up positions along the line of Bazentin-le- Montauban near Fricourt, which was quickly cancelled being ordered back to Albert.
During the morning of the 26th the 7th battalion found itself defending the Albert bridge-heads which had been constructed by the 8th Suffolk’s in 1916.
The German offensive had been pushing forward for five days had pushed all British units to the limit and quoted in the records as “a confused and desperate character” with limited supplies, no artillery or mortar support fighting against overwhelming German numbers.
The 7th positions ran from the train station 300 yards to the Albert-Amiens road which taking up positions at 15:00hrs dug themselves in. By 16:30 the Germans began to advance in waves a lewis gunner coving the approach at 100 yards cause heavy casualties until it was put out of action.
No. 3 platoon “A” company twice beat off the German advance with fire support from No.2 Platoon and the Machine gun corps. Sweeping the bridge head with “deadly effect”
By 22:20 the Germans in strength using mortars and hand grenades crossed the bridge head pushing the 7th out of their forward position, taking just 10 minutes making new machine gun positions in captured buildings west of the bridge.
23:15 “C” company launched a counter attack taking back most of the positions except the bridge head.
No.2 Platoon just before midnight with support from the 5th Northamptonshire Regiment attacked the house and the bridgehead but failed to regain both mainly through lack of grenades and fire support pulling back 300 hundred yards digging in new positions.
By dawn No. 2 platoon was reduced to just 3 men the Battalion had sustained 256 casualties including 12 officers. The 7th Battalion were withdrawn back to Henencourt to rest.