His death was recorded in the Parish magazine in June 1917 at the same time as Thomas Saltmarsh.
Joseph was the son of Joseph & Charlotte Walker of Swan Yard, Staindrop. He was the husband of Violet Walker (nee Birbeck) of Church Square, Staindrop. It is understood that Pearl Walker, whom many villagers will remember, is his granddaughter. In 1911 Joseph & his father were coal miners.
Joseph joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1916 & served in France. He was reported missing in 1916 & killed in action on 10th April, 1917 aged 31. He is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines.