Joseph was born in Thorne, Doncaster in 1873/4, son of Robert and Hannah Birkett, Robert was a Miller and Baker.
By the time Joseph was 7 years old the family were living at Balderton near Newark. In the 1891 census Joseph was not living with the family who were still in Balderton but in 1901 he had returned to the family who were now liviing at North Gate, Brewery Lane, Newark, Hannah now a widow. Joseph was a Millers Traveller. Joseph’s siblings were Cecilia, Hannah, Elizabeth, Robert, Kate, George, Alice and Clemmie.
In 1905 Joseph was on board the ship “Oroya” out of Plymouth. Destination was Adelaide which landed on the 20th September, 1905.
On the 1912 Electoral Roll Joseph was living in Shepparton, Victoria. Australia. Working as a Clerk.
Joseph enlisted on the 15th September, 1915 aged 45 years and 10 months. He had taken the oath on the 10th September, 1915 in Melbourne. He embarked From Melbourne aboard HMAT “Orsova” A67 and headed for Egypt on the 12th November, 1915 and marched into the Moascar Camp at Ismailia. Egypt. Nine days later he left the camp and boarded the ship H.T “Vestalia” and headed back to Australia.
Joseph was demobilized on the 5th December, 1915. The reason is unknown as to why Joseph had such a short time in the service other than that his unit was disbanded (1st.Remount Unit. 1st Squadron.)
Joseph was awarded The British War Medal and The 1914/1915 Star. He sent a letter asking for The Victory Medal dated 28th August, 1922. There is no return letter saying if he ever received it.
Joseph married Helen Elizabeth Mclaren in 1920 in Victoria Australia. In 1931 Joseph and Helen livid in Pearson Street. Mafra