William was born in Dudley in 1894, the son of Elizabeth Fellows. By 1911, he was living with his widowed mother at 111 Neachells Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, along with siblings Martha Elizabeth, Elsie Maud, John Howard, George, and Cyril. William was working as a general labourer in the tube trade.
William enlisted as a Driver with the Cable Section of the Royal Engineers (number 25988). He first served in France from 27 November 1914. Unfortunately, he died of wounds on 29 July 1917 in France. He is buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, and he is remembered on the Wednesfield Village roll of honour.