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William Bruerton was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, the son of James and Honor Bruerton. By the 1901 census, the family were living at 38 Dudley Road, and William can be found together with his two sisters (Florence and Minnie) and two brothers (Leonard and Walter). William is an enamellers packer. He appears to have got married in 1901, but it is unclear from the indexes whether he married Ada Evans or Eliza Elizabeth Foxall, and no records were found of any children being born.

He was employed by the enamelling company W. Chatham & Son, based in Ablow Street. On 8 August 1914, he joined the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (Regiment number 9960). In 1918, he was awarded the Military Medal “for helping to reorganise his platoon in the midst of battle after his sergeant has been wounded.”

He died in December 1946.