Joseph Swift went with the Pals to Caernarvon in February 1915 but is not on any medal rolls (indicating that he did not serve abroad).

However, there is a Joseph Swift listed on the 1918 Electoral Roll for Chorley as an absent voter due to military service. He lived at 98 Corporation Street in the town with his wife Margaret Eleanor, being born in Skelmersdale in 1874; he died in Preston in 1924.