He lived at Milllfield House, Northop Hall The 1901 census places him there as a three year old in the home of his widowed grandmother, Margaret Dodd. Also living in the house were five of her children George 26 was a brickyard labourer, William 22 was a coalminer as was 17 year old Charles, Richard was 12 and Margaret H was a ten year old daughter.
In the 1911 census he was living at Millfield Cottage Northop Hall which was by then the home of his uncles and aunt. The household comprised Head, George Dodd (a 36 year old steam crane driver), his brother Richard (22 year old brickyard worker) and his sister Margaret Hannah (20 year old housekeeper). Their nephew Joseph Edward was 13 and was at school.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives the regimental details as stated above and also tells us surprisingly that Joseph enlisted in Curragh Ireland
Joseph served 2years 8 months in the army. (*On the Flintshire Roll of Honour cards his regiment is described as 16th Lancers but his CWGC certificate and Northop Church memorial state the Royal West Surrey).