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William was born in Wolverhampton in 1884. In 1904, he married Elizabeth Ann Dennings in Wolverhampton, and by 1911 the couple were living at 247 Steelhouse Lane, Wolverhampton, with their two children, William Henry, and Dorothy Eliza May. William was working as a Shift Engineer for the Wolverhampton Corporation Cleansing Department.

William enlisted as a Bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery (number 100741). He was awarded the Military Medal, as announced in the London Gazette on 9 July 1917. On 20 June 1917, his name was listed in the Express & Star as one of the local men who had been wounded, but he recovered from his wounds and survived the war.

William died in Wolverhampton in 1965.