Private Joseph Frank Houlston was born in Hednesford in 1894 and was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Houlston.
By 1911 the family were living in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes and Joseph (known as Frank) was recorded as a coal miner.
Joseph enlisted for active service on 2nd November 1914 and after training was sent to France in May 1915. He also saw service in Malta and Bulgaria. He was discharged in February 1919. He received the 1914-15 Star, General Service and Victory Medals.