Joseph Brown was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Samuel and Alice Brown. In 1901 the family lived at 119 Deans Road, in Moseley Village, and Joseph and his parents were joined by his two brothers, John and Thomas. By this date Joseph was listed as a striker for iron gates. Samuel Brown died at the age of 63 in 1909.
Having later become a miner, Joseph enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (number 19747) at the beginning of the First World War. By this date he was living with his widowed mother in Stow Heath Lane, Moseley Village. Private Joseph Brown was killed in action on 27 August 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. There is also a “J. Brown” listed on the Deans Road roll of honour. It seems likely that this is the same man, given that he was living in Deans Road in 1901.