Joseph Wright was born in 1878 at Aldbury in Hertfordshire. He was one seven children born to James and Charlotte Wright. His brother Frederick also served in the Great War. At the time of the 1881 Census the family lived at Money Bury Hill, Aldbury, where James worked as a Farm Labourer. By the time of the 1891 Census the family had moved to Malting Cottages, Aldbury and James and Joseph both worked as Farm Labourers.
The 1901 Census indicated that Joseph had moved from the family home and was living as a Boarder with Geoffrey and Lily Jackson at Waterside, Kings Langley, and at this time he was employed as an Asylum Attendant.
Joseph was married in 1908 and in the following year a daughter was born. In the 1911 Census the family was recorded living at 2 Breakspear Road, Abbots Langley, and Joseph continued to be employed as an Attendant by the Metropolitan Asylum Board at Leavesden Asylum.
In the August 1916 edition of the Leavesden Parish Magazine, it was recorded that Joseph had “joined HM Forces” and had previously been employed as an Attendant at the Leavesden Asylum.
Joseph was recorded for the first time in the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour in September 1916, when at the age of 38 he was listed serving with the 68th Provisional Battalion. The Parish Magazine continued to list him with serving with that unit until January 1918 when he was recorded serving with the School of Signalling. The Parish Magazine had also noted that a son was born on 4th January 1917.
In the final Abbots Langley Roll of Honour which was published in December 1918 Joseph was recorded serving with a Labour Company in the Labour Corps. He was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Autumn 1918 and Spring 1919 serving with the 433rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps, and was recorded with an address at 76 Marlin Square, Abbots Langley.
Joseph Wright survived the War, as did his brother Frederick.