William Simcox was born in 1879 in Wolverhampton, the son of John and Annie Simcox of 57 Inkerman Street. He served with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment during the South African war and in India. On completion of his reserve duty he worked at the Crane Foundry in Horseley Fields.
When the First World War broke out, he was among the first Expeditionary Force to go to France. An article in the Express & Star on 30 December 1914 confirms that he was unfortunately killed in action on 3 November 1914. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.