Joseph Marsh was the third son of Samuel James and Annie Marsh (nee Marsh). He was on born 15th January 1892 in the Newmills area. The 1901 census records Joseph as 9 years old. The family lived in Roughan, Tullyniskane, Tyrone. His father was a mechanic at the mill. The 1911 census shows Joseph to be 19 years old. He too was now a spinning mill mechanic, like his father. The family still lived in Roughan, Tullyniskane, Tyrone. Second Lieutenant Joseph Marsh was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when was killed in action on 23rd November 1917.
The Cambrai Memorial stands on a terrace in Louverval Military Cemetery, which is situated on the north side of the N30, south of Louverval village. Louverval is 13 kilometres north-east of Bapaume and 16 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.