William was born in Wolverhampton on 13 February 1896, the son of James and Cecily Edwards. In 1901 they were living at Tan Yard, Pool Street, Wolverhampton, together with William’s brothers Joseph, Albert, Frank and Harry, and sisters Lily and Annie. By 1911 they were living at No 3 Court, No 2 House, Pool Street, Wolverhampton.
William enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery and became a Bombardier. He appeared in the Express & Star on 27 April 1917 as he had been
“mentioned for gallant conduct on the battlefield. He collected a number of horses under heavy shell fire and conveyed them into safety.”
The article gave his parents’ address as 65 Pool Street, and said that an additional five brothers were also serving – two of them on active service in France, one in training in England, one in the Navy and one who had just joined. I have not, however, been able to confirm further details of William’s service or that of his brothers.