Per his military service record (Depot), Joseph Wilson was born at Glasgow, Scotland. He gave his age as 40 years and 3 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 8 inches tall, weight 11 stone 4 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and grey hair. His religious denomination was Presbyterian. He claimed he had no previous military service.
He was attested at Lawson on 7th November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees rested at Lawson), and completed his medical examination at Lawson on 8th November 1915.
His next of kin was recorded on his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad form as his brother, John Wilson, Victoria.
After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.
On 22nd November 1915 Private Wilson was charged with drunkenness in Company Lines on 21st November 1915. He was issued with a warning.
On 14th December 1915 Private Wilson was charged with being absent without leave from 2nd December 1915 till 12 noon on 13th December 1915. He was recommended to be discharged.
On 15th December 1915 Private Wilson was discharged not likely to become an efficient soldier.
 NAA B2455, WILSON J