I interviewed Joe for the Imperial War Museum: he had the most phenomenal memory – even more remarkable as he was almost totally blind and couldn’t read from any notes. He described his memories of the war as like a film he could rerun at will in his head.
Joe had served with the Royal Navy at Gallipoli in 1915, and then on the western front, where he was wounded in 1917.
After the war he returned home to County Durham, but walked all the way to London to seek employment. Joe’s adventurous life included tobacco-growing in China and prospecting in Spitsbergen, before he got a job on the London Underground. He featured in the BBC Great War series and wrote two books: Gallipoli as I Saw it and Call to Arms. Joe died in 1994, aged 97.