William Squire was born in 1893 in Wolverhampton, the son of William and Agnes Squire. In 1901, they were living at 60 Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield, together with William’s brothers, Arthur and Leslie. Like his father before him, William worked at Butler’s Springfield Brewery.
In 1913, he joined the Royal Navy (number K/15752) and became a Stoker 1st Class. He was on duty in China when war broke out and he was called back to the war zone. On 5 June 1916 he wrote to a friend in Springfields “stating that he was quite well but very busy”. Unfortunately, he was serving on the HMS Hampshire, and this was the date that the ship was sunk by a German submarine. William was one of many members of the crew who lost their lives on that date. He was mentioned in an article in the Express & Star on 14 June 1916 as one of the Wolverhampton men lost on the Hampshire. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.