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William was born on 9 August 1888. His navy records state that he was born in Wolverhampton, but I have been unable to confirm these details. He became a collier. He married Florence Till in Cannock in 1916.

On 10 December 1912, he enlisted in the Royal Navy (number SS/113151), and served on the Victory II, the Albemarle and the Queen Mary. He was killed in action on 31 May 1916. He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. By the time of his death, his wife’s address was given as Calf Health, Four Ashes, Wolverhampton. Florence married a Harry Crosby in Cannock in 1921.