According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Joseph Hunter of Mimico, Ontario was born on November 5, 1877 at Lancs. England. He listed his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a labourer and had no previous military experience. He was 38 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall. He had grey eyes, fair hair and complexion. He was Methodist.
According to the 1911 census he was actually born in November 1876. In 1911 he and his wife Elizabeth had a son Joseph born in March 1903.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he his listed as a labourer living on the north side of Southampton Street, Mimico.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinist living in the same location (though the street had been renamed Cavell Avenue)