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William was born in Aston, Birmingham, on 1 October 1879, the son of Charlotte and William Richard Knowles. In 1901 he married Edith Davies. By 1911 he was living at 122 All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, along with his mother and brother Sidney, and Sidney’s wife and children. William was a metal polisher working for a cycle works. I have not been able to find William living with his wife, either in 1911 or in 1939, but she was certainly still alive when he died in 1949.

William served during the First World War, as his name is listed on the memorial at Heath Park, but I have been unable to confirm details of his military service.

William survived the war, and died on 14 January 1949, by which date his address was 9 Pond Grove, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £219 4s. 7d.