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William was born in Wolverhampton in 1876, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth HIll. In 1901 he was living at 20 Little Brickkiln Street, along with his parents and younger siblings Benjamin, Rose, John and Lily. William had become a latheman, working on steel cycle parts. William does not appear to have married.

William enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number SS/19978), and later transferred to the Labour Corps (number 404214). He returned to Wolverhampton, but died on 15 December 1918. He is buried at Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery, and his gravestone includes an inscription to his father, Herbert, who died on 7 October 1923. William is also remembered on the memorial for St Paul’s Church, that now appears in St John’s Church.