Joseph Greenwood was the born a Holyhead, Anglesey in 1879, the son of Joseph and Ann L Greenwood who were married at Anglesey in 1878.
 
His father was born at York, Yorkshire and his mother was born in Anglesey. She was the widow of Valentine Burns, a stonemason, when she married Joseph Greenwood senior. Her daughter from her first marriage, Mary Ellen Burns, was born in New York, America in 1870.
 
In 1881 the Greenwood family were living at 2 Mill Street, Holyhead but Joseph senior was away from home. A second son, Henry, was born at Holyhead in 1882.
 
By 1891 they had moved to 9 Blucher Street, Tranmere. This is the only occasion when Joseph Greenwood senior was at home with his family at the time of the census.
 
Joseph's half-sister, Mary Ellen Burns, married William George Lee at Our Lady & St.Nicholas' C.of E. Church in 1896. Joseph Greenwood was a witness to the wedding.
 
Ann Greenwood was listed as Ann Burns in 1901 when the family were living at 21 Akenside Street, Bootle. She was a married woman and the head of a household comprising herself and her two children Robert (aged 7) and Minnie (aged 13). Also living with her was her daughter Mary Ellen Lee (nee Burns) and son-in-law William Lee with their two sons William J and Joseph H Lee aged 3 and 1.
 
Ann was using the name Greenwood again in 1911. She was still married and she and her son Harry Greenwood were visiting with William and Mary Lee and their five sons at 29 Dryden Street, Bootle.
 
Joseph Greenwood junior married Elizabeth Ellen Glew at St.Thomas' C.of E. Church, Seaforth on the 26th December 1901. Joseph's brother-in-law, William George Lee, was a witness to the wedding. At least seven children were born to their marriage.
 
At the time of the 1911 census he and his wife and three surviving children -  Joseph (b 1894), John (b 1896) and Doris (b 1899) - were living at 9 Elphin Grove, Walton. They had already lost two children by this date. Two younger sons, Hugh and Ernest, were born in 1912 and 1915.
 
Joseph was killed on the 4th May 1917 when the troopship H.M.T. Transylvania was torpedoed off the coast of Savona, Italy.
 
After the war his widow lived at of 25 College Drive, Bebington, Cheshire.
 
His mother died in 1921