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William was born in Wolverhampton on 14 January 1879, the son of Emily Aubin. In 1901, he was living with his widowed mother, sisters Mary and Beatrice, and brother John, at 453 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton. William was a commercial traveller. William married Fanny Griffiths in 1901 in Wolverhampton. By 1911, they were living at 20 Dawson Street, Wolverhampton, with their three children, Ivy Isabel, Fred Griffith and Charles William. William’s trade was now given as Draper’s traveller.

William does not appear to have served with the colours during the First World War, perhaps due to his age or maybe there were health issues. He did, however, serve on the home front as a Special Constable in Wolverhampton during the war.

William and Fanny had a further four children – Eileen V. K., Marjorie G., Douglas H. and Alan R. William died in Wolverhampton in 1957.