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William was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Thomas Enoch and Ellen J. Lowe. His father had been a Lieutenant Colonel in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. In 1901, he was living with his parents at 139 Paget Road, Wolverhampton, along with brothers Francis H., Clement P., Theodore Linley and Arthur J. By 1911, he had become a bank clerk and was boarding at the home of Ambrose Skinner in East Molesey, Surrey.

William enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, and as a Captain was attached to the 13th East Surrey Regiment. On the outbreak of war, he was in China, where (according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission information) he received his commission from the Governor of Hong Kong. He returned to England and joined the 10th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, travelling to France in 1915. William was killed in action on 24 November 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai. By this date his home address was 23 Parkdale, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £326 11s. 10d. William is remembered on the Cambrai memorial in France, as well as on the roll of honour in the Lady Chapel at St Peter’s Church.