Joseph enlisted on 1 Sept 1941 and posted to Engineer Training Depot on 25 Sept 1941. He was promoted Acting Corporal on 11 Nov 1941 and Acting Sergeant on 3 Dec 1941 and transferred to Australian Army Service Corps, Sparrow Force on 9 Jan 1942. He joined the unit on Timor from 2/40 Battalion, after the fall of Koepang, approx. March 1942. He returned to Australia aboard "KURU" on 8 Aug 1942.
He transferred to M.G.O. Design Division on 19 Aug 1943, then to 25th Australian Maintenance Platoon on 22 Sept 1943. He transferred back to M.G.O. Design Division on 18 Jan 1944 and his rank of Sergeant was confirmed on 15 Apr 1944.
He was discharged on 30 Nov 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.