9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Joseph Stevenson was the eldest son of Robert and Maggie Stevenson. He was born on 19th October 1895 in Bantry, County Tyrone. Brantry lies midway between Aughnacloy and Benburb. He was one of at least four children. His father is a farmer. Joseph Stevenson enlisted in Dungannon with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private Joseph Stevenson was killed in action in Belgium on 7th June 1917 at the Battle of Messines.
Wytschaete Military Cemetery is located 7 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper (formerly Ypres) to Wijtschate (Wytschaete) and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. The first right hand turning on reaching the village of Wijtschate leads onto the Hospicestraat, leading to the village square. The Wijtschatestraat leads from the village square, 500 metres beyond which lies the cemetery on the right hand side of the road.