Joseph Felton was born in September 1879 in Ladywood, Warwickshire, the son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Felton (nee Bladen). In the 1901 census, the 21-year-old Joseph appeared at 233 Limes Road, Tettenhall, with his parents, sisters Sarah and Eva, and brother Thomas. Joseph is listed as a bricklayers labourer. Joseph married Annie Pugh on 18 May 1902 in All Saints Church, and the couple went on to have eight children between 1904 and 19191 – Annie, Gladys May, Gertrude, Horace, Violet, Constance, Alfred and Rose A. By the 1911 census, they are living at 23 Manor Street, Tettenhall, and Joseph is listed as a general labourer.
On 23 December 1914, Joseph enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16501). He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. Joseph’s service records tell us a bit more detail, including the fact that he overstayed his leave by 1 day and 15 minutes on 30 September 1915, for which he was punished by being confined to his barracks for 6 days. He was admitted into hospital with wounds on 6 June 1917, and was discharged on 13 July 1917 as being unfit for service. He was therefore issued with a Silver War Badge to acknowledge that he had served his country. He died aged 73 in 1953.