Joseph Love was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Joseph and Eliza Love. In 1901, they were living with Eliza’s widowed mother, Marie Meacham, at 190 Dudley Road, along with a further four children.
Under the heading “Local Casualties”, a note in the Express & Star dated 21 May 1918 has the following to say:
Private Joseph Love, of 12 Chapel Street, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, who enlisted in 1915 and has fought in most of the battles on the Western front, being twice wounded at Ypres, was reported missing from March 21st. It now transpires that he is wounded and a prisoner in Lemburg, Germany.
Unfortunately, this is where the trail goes cold. I have not been able to find an entry for him on the prisoner of war records. He is, however, mentioned on the Programme for the dinner hosted by the Express & Star for local returned prisoners of war. This gives us his regiment as the Sherwood Foresters. There is a Joseph Love who marries a lady called Margaret Durkin in 1922, so presumably this is the same man. This couple go on to have six children – Mary, Elizabeth, Marjorie, Iris, Ernest and Theresa – between 1923 and 1934.