Joze James Forrester was born in May 1839 in Oporto, Portugal, the son of Baron Joshua J. Forrester and his wife Eliza. He went to Merchant Taylors, leaving in 1852.
He was a wine merchant by profession.
Forrester was initiated into St Andrew’s Lodge No 222 (then known as St Andrew’s-in-the-East Lodge No 222) in common with several of the Founding brethren of the Lodge. He was also in the Rose Croix.
He died in 1884.