Mr Joseph Brown (Fireman) was born in Newcastle, Northumberland, England around 1882. Nothing else is known about his early life.
He was married in London in 1908 to Lottie Syme (b. 23 April 1886 in Poplar, London, daughter of James Hall Syme and Charlotte Sorrell) and they had one child, a son named Joseph James, who was born in Canning Town, Essex on 8 April 1910. His wife and child appear on the 1911 census living at 134 Percy Road, Canning Town, Essex, the home of his widowed father-in-law James Syme, a retired engine fitter; Joseph is absent and presumably at sea.
He was engaged as a substitute on Titanic and came aboard on 10 April 1912, giving his address as 237 Desborough Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Joseph Brown died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Lottie is believed to have remarried several years after the loss of her husband and would go on to have more children. It is thought that she died in Essex in the 1960s.