Captain Joseph Auber


Joseph Auber was born on 12 August 1892 at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

A jeweller, he enlisted in the 1/6 Battalion, Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment) on 2 October 1914. He was posted to the 2/6 Battalion when it was formed in November 1914 (No.2960), rising to the rank of sergeant.

On 24 September 1915 he was commissioned and posted to the 16th (Reserve) Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). He then transferred to the 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry and was posted to 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron), joining them in the field on 11 August 1916. The squadron was then part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, and there are a number of references to 2nd Lieutenant Auber in the regiment’s diary.

Auber was transferred to the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers on 23 September 1917 when the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into that battalion. However he left for England that November seeking a transfer to the Tank Corps. This did not eventuate and he subsequently transferred to the Indian Army.

He became a captain in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers on 5 November 1920, and relinquished his commission on 21 December 1921.