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William was born in Wolverhampton in 1883, the son of Henry Hugh and Ruth Wilson. In 1901, they were living at 33 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, along with William’s siblings Arthur, Florence, Harriet, Ethel M. and George. William was a locksmith. At some point he married a woman called Doris, but I have not been able to confirm further details.

William enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (number 675306), becoming a Lance Bombardier in the “C” Battery of the 275th Brigade. He was killed in action on 10 April 1918. He is remembered at the Loos Memorial in France.