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The son of John Foxall and Annie Gertrude Lloyd, William was born in Wolverhampton on 12 March 1891. By 1911, they were living at North Farm, Prestwood Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, along with William’s siblings Amy Alice, John Eborn and Francis Charles. William was working as an electrician. He later become an engine fitter. William married Florence May Griffiths in Wolverhampton in 1918, and the couple moved to 59 Bush Street, Springfield, Wolverhampton

He enlisted with the Royal Navy (number M33834) and served from 2 September 1918 on the HMS Pembroke II. Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia on 26 October 1918. He is buried in Holy Trinity churchyard in Heath Town, as well as being remembered on the memorial at Heath Park.