William Ellam was born in Wolverhampton in 1893. Coming from 8 New Street, Heath Town, he enlisted in 1912 with the C Company of the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9161).
At the age of 21, he was killed in action on 15 November 1914 (one hundred years ago today). An article about him and two other local men who had died appeared in the Express & Star on 22 December 1914. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial, as well as on the Heath Town Park memorial in Wolverhampton.