William was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Arthur and Ellen Sheargold. In 1901 they were living at 253A Great Brickkiln Street, together with William’s brothers Arthur and Charles, and sister Nellie. By 1911, William was living at 75 Church Road, Bradmore, with his uncle George Mason. He had become an iron and brass turner.
From 23 September 1914, William served with the Army Service Corps (number MS/3157) and then the South Lancashire Regiment (number 32392). William survived the war, and his name is listed on the memorial of Penn Road Wesleyan Chapel.
William married Elsie M. Deacon in Wolverhampton in 1923, and they had three children – Barbara M. (1926), Lorna B. (1929) and June M. (1933). William died on 18 March 1936, by which date his address was May Cottage, Church Road, Bradmore. The value of his effects was £400.