Joseph Lister (VC)

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For the surgeon, see Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister.
Joseph Lister
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born (1886-10-19)19 October 1886
Salford, Lancashire
Died 19 January 1963(1963-01-19) (aged 76)
Reddish, Stockport
Buried at Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Lancashire Fusiliers
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

Joseph Lister VC (19 October 1886 – 19 January 1963) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Lister was 30 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during World War I when he received the Victoria Cross for his actions at the battle of Passchendaele, Belgium on 9 October 1917. Lister was a native of Stockport, and served in the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He earned his medal for storming two machine gun posts and capturing 100 enemy troops.

On 9 October 1917 east of Ypres, Belgium, seeing that the advance of his company was held up by machine-gun fire from the direction of a pillbox, Sergeant Lister dashed ahead of his men and found the gun - he shot two of the gunners and the remainder surrendered. He then went to the pillbox and shouted to the occupants to surrender. They did so with the exception of one man whom the sergeant shot, whereupon about 100 of the enemy emerged from the shell-holes further to the rear and surrendered.

Sergeant Lister survived the war and died in 1963. He is buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish. His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Sergeant Lister head stone lay flattened in the overgrown grass at Willow Grove cemetery, pushed over by Stockport Council workers as part of their controversial 'safety testing'programme. The shocking discovery was made by Jack Bramley,Stockport council workers showed no respect for my Granddad and others, Kelly Lister-Richards.

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