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William was born in Wolverhampton in 1881, the son of James and Teresa Walker. In 1901 they were living at 76 Zoar Street, Wolverhampton, alongside with William’s siblings Sarah, James, George, John, Polly, Joseph and Elizabeth. He married Ethel Careless in Wolverhampton in 1906. By 1911, he was living with his wife, and children, Elizabeth, William and Jane, at 8 Thomas Street, Wolverhampton. William was a brass dresser.

William enlisted in the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 241185). He was killed in action on 18 April 1916, one hundred years ago today. He is commemorated at the Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, and he may also appear on the memorial for Daniel Smith Ltd and that for St Michael and All Angels Church, Tettenhall.