202105 Rifleman Joseph Howard Nottingham was born in Toronto, on 6 January 1890, the son of John Joseph Nottingham and Jane Langworthy Parsons. He was one of 8 children.
He was engaged to be married to a Toronto girl at the end of the war. Nottingham was a member of Alhambra Presbyterian Church.
He was an electrician employed by the Northern Electric Company and had served for 3 months with the Corps of Guides when he enlisted with the 95th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on 18 December 1915. He was 25 years and 11 months old, stood 5’11”, weighed only 127 lbs, and had fair hair and complexion, and blue eyes. He assigned $20 per month of his pay to his mother Jane, and she was also sole beneficent in his will.
Nottingham sailed from Halifax on the S.S. Olympia on 31 May 1916. When the 95th was broken up for reinforcement, he was taken on strength with the 3rd Battalion on 16 September 1916 and joined the Battalion in France on 4 October 1916.
Nottingham was killed in action on 8 October 1916 at Regina Trench during the Battle of the Somme. The day before his death, he had written a letter home saying he was on his way to the trenches which he could only have been in for a few days before his death.
He is buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Somme, France – Grave Reference: V. C. 6.