Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Edward and Prudence Blanton. In 1901 they were living at 11 Buckskills Street, Portobello, together with Joseph’s brother, William. They were at 11 Bridge Street, Portobello, in 1911, together with two sisters, Olive and May. Joseph was a labourer at a stamping works.
On 21 August 1912, Joseph enlisted with the Grenadier Guards (number 15999). On 16 November 1914, Joseph died of wounds received in Belgium. He is buried at the Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Portobello Roll of Honour. A photograph of him was published in the Midland Counties Express on 12 December 1914.