Joseph was the youngest of Thomas and Elizabeth Ludlow’s eight children, born in Berkhamsted in 1888. His father was a wheelwright and the family lived at 5 Cross Oak Road. Joseph’s mother died in 1889 when he was just over a year old. On leaving school he worked as a labourer at Coopers.
Joseph married Maud L Pansey in 1912 and they had a son, Albert, the following year. Joseph enlisted with the Hertfordshire Regiment at Bedford (No.157801) and was later transferred to the 164 Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps. (No. 68588). His service record doesn’t survive but it is likely he was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (RDC) following injury or illness.
Private Joseph Ludlow died on Armistice Day, 11th November 1918 in Richmond, Yorkshire while serving with the RDC. He was 30 years old.