William Churm was born in around 1894 in Wolverhampton, the son of William and Mary Ann Churm. In 1901, they were living at 64 St Matthew Street, together with William’s sisters Beatrice, Florrie and Sarah, his brother Joseph and aunt Maria Stockley. He married Hannah Blower in 1915, and they had a daughter, Beatrice. They moved to Dark Street, Moseley Village.
William enlisted in Willenhall with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 37057). He was killed in action on 27 July 1917, and is commemorated at the La Belle Alliance Cemetery in Belgium. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 6 October 1917. His name is listed on the Heath Park memorial and the Deans Road Roll of Honour.