The son of Emma E. and Joseph T., Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1896. In 1901 they were living at Hall Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. By 1911, they had moved to 32 Rookery Street, Wednesfield, and Joseph was joined by siblings Gladys Maud, Harold, and Phyllis Vera. Joseph was working as a vermin trap maker.
Joseph enlisted with the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 241162), but was killed in action on 18 June 1917. He is buried at the Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery in France