Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service.

Died 18th March 1918, aged 19.

Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, France.

Student of electrical engineering.


Joseph was born in 1899, to James and Annie Allison, of Ardwick Green School, Manchester. He was educated at St Oswald’s School, Ellesmere and Hulme Grammar School where he was captain of cricket and football. In 1916-17 he passed the 2nd Year of the Associateship Course for Electrical Engineering (Intermediate) and was an apprentice with Messrs. Mather and Platt.

Joseph enlisted with the Royal Naval Service as a probationary flight officer in August 1917 and after a period of training in France returned to Cranwell in November 1918 where he gained his Flight Sub-Lieutenant commission. He then joined the 3rd Naval Squadron in France and suffered a crash in February 1918, but was not injured. In March 1918 it was reported that he had failed to return from a mission and had been seen diving with an enemy aircraft on his tail. The German authorities reported that he had crashed and died and they buried him. He left effects worth £147 10s 3d to his father who was a govenor of an industrial school.