William was born in Wolverhampton in 1888, the son of William Frederick and Mary Green. In 1901 they were living at 111 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton, together with William’s sisters Mary, Lizzie and Lily and brothers Tom and Daniel.
On 25 June 1915, William joined the Leicestershire Regiment (number 18955), when his address was given as 45 Marsh End, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. His occupation was given as “Vice hand”. He was promoted as unpaid Lance Corporal in February 1917, and served in France and India. On 29 March 1918 he was transferred as a Private to the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 47379). He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, along with the British War and Victory Medals. He was discharged from service on 6 June 1919, having been 50% disabled due to sickness and was therefore “no longer physically fit for war service”. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number B310884). I have been unable to confirm further details about the life of this man.