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Mark (elsewhere known as Joseph Mark) was born in Aston in 1898, the son of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Tatton. By 1911, the family were living at 249 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, along with Mark’s siblings Alice Mary and Samuel Albert. Mark attended Wolverhampton Grammar School. At some point, his father was a Councillor with Wolverhampton Town Council.

On 13 June 1916, he enlisted with the 2nd Honourable Artillery Company (number 10309). His address was given as 54 Milton Road and his trade as a teacher. He served in France, until on 9 October 1917 he was declared as Missing presumed dead. By 4 June 1919 there is a letter on his service record stating that for official purposes he was regarded as having died on or since the 9 October 1917. He is commemorated at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium, as well as on the memorial at Heath Park.