Joseph Thomas Hartland was born in Wolverhampton in 1883: his parents were Joseph Fellows Hartland and Margaret (nee Warrender).
Joseph fought in World War I as a private (7888) in the 3rd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment: Service Number 7888. He was killed in action on 20 October 1914 and his death reported in the Worcester News:
Joseph Hartland was one of the many soldiers who have no known grave. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial and Wolverhampton Postal Workers Memorial.