Joseph was the youngest son of Peter and Rose. In 1901 he was living with his parents and three older brothers (John, Peter and Matthew) at 1 Langham Buildings, Stockport. In the late summer of 1914, he married Sarah Morris in a civil ceremony at Stockport.
He may have been a regular soldier serving with the Cheshire Regiment or, at least, had been a regular who was recalled to the colours when War was declared in August 1914. His army number, 8760, confirms his pre-War service. This may have been with the Regiment's 2nd Battalion which, along with his later Machine Gun Company, formed part of the Army's 84th Brigade.
The Company was formed in May 1916 and operated 16 heavy Vickers guns, each with a seven man team. It spent all of the War in Salonika, in northern Greece, where it faced the Bulgarian Army.
The Cemetery where Joseph is buried was used by post-War military hospitals. It will be reasonable to assume that Joseph was part of the army of occupation of Turkey and fell ill or suffered an accident.
By the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Sarah had remarried and was then Sarah Yannon and was living at 104 Bridgefield Street, Stockport.