Joseph was born in the summer of 1892 in Winton, Hampshire. In 1911, he was living at The Common, Verwood, Dorset with his father Edward, a carpenter, and mother Elizabeth Barrow and five of his brothers and sisters. Joseph was one of their ten children. He worked as an improver to a smith.
Joseph enlisted with the Dorset Regiment on 21st May 1915. He was 21 years of age and had been working as a blacksmith. The Dorset Regiment was mobilised on 8th August 1914 and Joseph joined them in the field in France on 23rd October 1914. He was killed in action on 8th May 1916 and is buried at the Authuile Military Cemetery on the Somme.
His service record shows that In June 1921, Joseph’s mother Jane was sent a form by the Infantry Records Office in Exeter that she had to complete before receiving her son’s British War and Victory Medals. She was living at 12, Vincent Street, Southampton.