The Fox family originated from Macclesfield and Joseph had been born there. It would seem that James Armitage Fox was independently wealthy as the 1901 Census records him as "living on own means". They later moved to Hazel Grove and then took up residence at "Caxton Place", 26 Offerton Lane. Joseph was the eldest of four children listed on the census.
From leaving school, he had worked as a clerk for Jacksons Ltd - one of Stockport's hatmaking firms with premises at Victoria Works, Howard Street. When War was declared in August 1914, he and his three best friends all joined up together, travelling to Wigan to do so. Neville Lewis would be killed with Joseph. Arthur Heywood would be killed a few days later. Only Charles Worsnip would survive. An account of their early months of army service can be found here.
The Battalion assembled, on 7 May, with the other units of the Manchester Brigade at Gallipoli. Over the next few days, Joseph and his mates worked to improve their reserve trenches. On the 11th, they moved forward to support trenches, just behind the front line. Over the coming days, it was relatively quiet. Men were wounded by sniper fire on a regular basis but only three men were killed in this period.
On 25 May, the Battalion took over a section of the front line. The men had a quiet couple of days but, on the 28th, there was heavy enfilade fire from the flanks and 12 men were killed and another 13 wounded. As with many of those killed at Gallipoli, Neville and Joseph's graves were lost after the evacuation. They are now commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.