War broke out when Joseph was living in Liverpool and playing for Liverpool Football Club. It is not known exactly when he decided to enlist with the King’s Liverpool Regiment, or if he joined up with other football players.
Joseph served with the 13th Battalion and he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant. Service Number 118720. This Service battalion was formed in Seaforth in September 1914. One year later they landed at Le Havre and soon transferred to the 8th Brigade, 3rd Division. Joseph may have seen action at Hooge.
In April 1916 his Battalion became part of the 9th Brigade. Joseph may have seen action in Battles of the Somme during 1916.
His Medal Roll Index Card shows that Joseph also served in the Machine Gun Corps and reached the rank of Second Corporal. The 223rd Company MGC and the 76th Brigade Machine Gun Company were also part of the 3rd Division, perhaps Joseph was transferred to one of these companies at some point.
The 3rd Division were involved in the Battle of Canal du Nord, one of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line between 27th September – 1st October 1918. Joseph was killed at Pas de Calais and buried at Grand Ravine British Cemetery in Havrincourt, France. The cemetery is south west of Cambrai.
His next of kin was wife Henrietta Eugenie Dines, living at 176 Chigwell Road, South Woodford, London. She would have received Joseph’s medals.