Joseph Perks was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Joseph and Margaret Perks. In 1901 they were living at 5 Clarence Street, Wolverhampton, together with Joseph’s sister, Ann, brother, Thomas, and a visitor, Emma Wilberyham. By 1911 they were at 23 St James Street in Wolverhampton, and the household consisted of Joseph, his father, sisters Annie and May and brother Edward. By now, Joseph had become a boiler rivetter. In 1913, he married Ellen Moore in Birmingham, and they went on to have three children – Margaret L., Ethel M. and Dennis – between 1914 and 1916.
Joseph became a Private in the 2nd/8th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 305659). He was killed in action in France on the 1 July 1916. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.