Joseph Biddlestone was born in Wolverhampton in 1880, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Biddlestone. In the 1881 census, the family are at 7 Court, Pountney Street, and Joseph and his parents are joined by his sister Lizza and brothers John, Richard and Alfred. He attended the Day Industrial School. He married Mary Hodgkiss in 1906, and the couple went on to have two children, Mary and Richard. By the 1911 census, they appear at Court 2, Number 4 Bloomsbury Street (albeit with the surname “Biddleston”), along with their first daughter, Mary Jane.
According to an article in the Midland Counties Express dated 18 November 1916, Joseph had served in the Boer War. He was also a prominent footballer, having played for Compton Rovers, Bilston United, and his works football team at Patent Axle-box, Wednesfield. At the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 15956). He was killed in action on 1 June 1916 at the age of 39. He is commemorated at the Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension in France.