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Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, the son of Joseph Eastelow. In 1901, he was living at 1 Maddox Buildings, Moseley Village, along with his father and siblings Arthur, Harriet and George. The 15-year-old Joseph was a labourer at an iron works. Joseph married Lily Goodhead in Wolverhampton in 1914.

Joseph initially enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 7407), before transferring to the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) (service number 29918). He was killed in action on 31 July 1917. Lily later remarried, to a John R. Rhodes, and lived at 55 Coventry Street, Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton. Joseph is remembered at the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial. He is also remembered on the memorial at Wolverhampton Railway Station, where he was employed as a goods porter, and the memorial on Deans Road.