Joseph Kane was born on the the 15th November 1892 at 6 Malcolm Street, Bootle, the youngest child of Edward Joseph Kane and his wife Catherine (nee Pearson). His parents were married at St.Vincent de Paul's R.C. Church, Liverpool in 1873.
 
He had seven brothers; Augustine (born 1873), Edward Ernest (born 1878), John Alexander (born 1878), Cornelius (born 1880), George (born 1883), Francis (born 1884), Frederick Joseph (born 1889), and one sister, Mary Josephine (born 1890).
 
Joseph's mother was from Liverpool and his father was from Ireland. The Kane family started their married life in central Liverpool but by 1881 they had settled in the Kirkdale and Bootle area of the city.
 
In that year they were living at 47 Othello Street, Kirkdale, and Edward was working as a rigger. Ten years later they had moved to 6 Malcolm Street, Bootle and Edward was a labourer.
 
Edward died in 1894 and was buried at Ford R.C. Cemetery. After her husband's death Catherine Kane ran a newsagents shop at the family home, 18 Ceres Street, Kirkdale. When the war broke out the family home was at 19 Antonio Street, Bootle, where Catherine Kane died in January 1916.
 
Prior to enlisting Joseph Kane was in the merchant navy and it was said in the family that after his cousin and friend, Joseph Sloey was killed, that he too left the navy and enlisted, in order "to take his place".
 
His service records have not survived. 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' indicates that he enlisted with the King's Liverpool Regiment - service number 5760 - before transferring to the Machine Gun corps. His medal card suggests that he arrived on the Western Front after January 1916.
Reports on his death appeared in the Daily Post and Bootle Times.
 

BRAVE BOOTLE SOLDIER.

Pte. Joseph Kane, who was wounded in action on the 4th inst., and died almost immediately, was 24 years of age. Before joining the Army he was in one of his Majesty's transports. He was educated at St. Alexander's School, Bootle, and lived with his sister at Antonio-street, Bootle. His officer wrote: "We all miss him deeply, and we shall not forget the courage he displayed when with the machine guns under fire."

Daily Post 13th March 1917

 
Pte. Joseph Kane, who was wounded in action on the 4th inst., and died almost immediately, was 24 years of age. Before joining the Army he was in one of his Majesty's transports. He was educated at St. Alexander's School, Bootle, and lived with his sister at 19, Antonio-street, Bootle. His officer wrote in the course of a letter to Miss Kane, "He was a good soldier. I offer you the deepest sympathy of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Machine Gun Corps, and assur eyou we shall all miss such a fine man as your brother proved himself to be." Pte. Kane has one brother in the trenches and another - Pioneer F. Kane, R.E., manager of Messrs. Daly's branch at Bootle - awaiting orders for the front.

Bootle Times

 
Joseph Kane is buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery.