The son of Joseph and Mary Reynolds, William was born in Wolverhampton in 1889. In 1891, they were living at 61 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, together with William’s siblings Agnes H., Joseph, Andrew, John, Mary I., and Abraham. When he grew up, William worked at the Culwell Works, Heath Town.
William enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (number 14848), and being a Reservist he was recalled to the colours in August 1914. He was wounded in his left hip and taken prisoner at St Quentin on 31 August 1914. Unfortunately, whilst a prisoner of war, he was taken ill with a fever, and died on 15 October 1915. He was buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery, and he is presumably the W. Reynolds on the Heath Park memorial. His photograph and in identical article appeared in both the Express & Star on 4 January 1916 and the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 5 January 1916.