William Williamson was born in Bilston in about 1886. In 1901, he appeared at 3 Millfield Road with his parents, William and Fanny Williamson. William junior was listed as a “Carter to Coal Dealer”. Prior to this, he attended St Edward’s School in Bilston.
In January 1915, he enlisted with the 81st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number 71144). According to an article in the Midland Counties Express on 18 November 1916, “he quickly became efficient in his work, being anxious to ‘get to business’ against the wily Germans.” He was wounded, and died from these “honourable wounds” on 1 October 1916. He is commemorated at the Puchevillers British Cemetery in France, and on the High Town Ward Roll of Honour.