Joseph was born in Chorley in 1891. Prior to the war he was schoolmaster in Eccles. The 1911 census shows that he was living at 94 Shakespeare Crescent, Patricroft with his wife Alice Mary (nee Cranshaw) and his 10 month old son Sidney Vaughan Naphtali. He was assigned to the 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a Lance Corporal in October 1914. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant in February 1915. He was admitted to a convalescent hospital in Blackpool in 1916, suffering from Neurasthenia. He was released from army service in 1919. Joseph passed away in Salford in 1946.