Joseph Cardwell was born on 5th June 1881 in Ballynakelly, Coalisland, County Tyrone. Joseph spent 18 months with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa. Joseph emigrated to Canada and served 5 years 8 months with the Gordon Highlanders of Canada. Joseph Cardwell enlisted in November 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia. Joseph was married to Margaret. He was working as a labourer on enlisting. Private Joseph Cardwell was serving with the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action in France on 4th February 1917. He was 35 years old.
Villers-au-Bois is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 11 kilometres north-west of Arras. The Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north-west of the village along a track from the Villers-au-Bois to Servins road (D65).