William J. Davies was born in Willenhall in around 1893, the son of Richard and Emily Davies. By 1901, the family were living at 414 Newhampton Road West in Wolverhampton. William appeared with his parents, his brothers Frank, George G., and Harry, and his sister Jane. He attended Springfield Road Council Schools, and later was employed at the London and North Western sheds at Bushbury.
He enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (number 99868). He was killed in action on the 9 September 1916 at the age of 23, by which stage his parents were living at 71 Coleman Street, Whitmore Reans. He appeared in the Midland Counties Express “Pictorial Roll of Honour” on 18 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, in France.