Private Joseph Alexander enlisted with the 24th. Kent Regiment at the outbreak of the war going to Bermuda to relieve the Regulars for overseas service. There he was turned down due to imperfect eyesight, and he returned to Chatham December, 1914. March 15th, 1915, he re-enlisted with the 186th, Kent O.S. Battalion, leaving Chatham for overseas March 22nd, 1917.
After training at Bramshott he proceeded to France August 22nd, 1917, transferring to the 18th. Battalion. He received wounds in the right hand November 22nd, and upon recovery was transferred to the 4th. Canadian Railway Troops.
IODE, Library Archives of Canada, No Return Ticket - Wallaceburg War Casualties - Alan Mann 2002, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 81 – 2, LAC search