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Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. I have not been able to find any family information, and by 1911 he was in the barracks with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment.

His service number in the 1st Battalion was 8005, and his disembarkation date was given as 4 October 1914. His name was printed in the Express & Star on 12 January 1917 as wounded, but he appears to have recovered from these wounds as he later transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (service number 63997). However, either these or subsequent wounds meant that he became eligible for the Silver War Badge (number 264,252), having been discharged on 5 November 1917. He married a Martha Westhead in York in 1924, and they had three children – Joseph in 1924 registered in Great Ouseburn, Alfred in 1926 registered in York, and Daisy M. in 1928 registered in Wolverhampton. He died in Wolverhampton in 1966.