William was born in Claverley in 1892, the son of Joseph and Jane Nabbs. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 36 Dale Street, Wolverhampton, together with sisters Emily and Florence. By 1911, he was living with his (now married) sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Reuben Bradley, at 64 Herbert Street, with an additional sister, Maud, and brother George. William was a hawker. In 1913, he married Mary E. George in Wolverhampton, and they had a son, William J., in 1914.
William enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8494), disembarking on 9 November 1914. He was killed in action on 7 February 1915 and is buried at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France. His death was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 20 February 1915 and in the Express & Star on 26 February 1915. He is commemorated on the Wolverhampton Railway Station memorial, which presumably means that he was employed in the Goods Department at some point, but I have been unable to confirm this.