PTE. Kinchlea. J.F.

Rank: Private

Service No: 6153476

Date of Death: 13/04/1944

Age: 20

Regiment/Service: The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. 5th Bn.

Grave Reference I. G. 10.



Private Joseph Kinchlea

Joseph (Joey) Kinchlea lived at no.24 Hindle House, Arcola Street Hackney with his Mother Susan and his sisters Annie and Lily. They were among the first inhabitants of Hindle House having moved from Bridge Street, Homerton where he grew up. Joseph attended Hackney Parochial School and then went to work in a Toy Factory in Morning Lane. He was a big speedway fan and regularly watched the Hackney Wick ‘Wolves’ race at Hackney Stadium in Waterden Road. Joseph tried to join the Royal Navy, but was refused as being underage. When he was old enough to sign up he joined the Parachute Regiment the airborne infantry of the British Army which was formed during WWII. Joseph’s battalion the 5th (Scottish), were assigned to the 2nd Parachute Brigade and were involved in the Italian campaign. He died on 13th April 1944 aged 20 and is buried in Cassino War Cemetery in Italy. On Joseph’s headstone is an epitaph written by his Mother Susan it reads: “Love and memory cannot die, they are with thee in the home beyond the sky. Mum & Sisters”.


  2. Photograph supplied by Carol Ford
  3. Ernie Sexton (nephew)
  4. Lily Linchlea (Sister)