The son of William Harding and Jessie Alice, William was born in Wolverhampton on 24 May 1886. They were living at 191 Staveley Road, Wolverhampton, in 1901, and William was working as a solicitor’s clerk. They were at the same address in 1911, when William was a law clerk. In 1914, William married Mary Wood in Wolverhampton, and the couple had two children, William Arthur and Jean Mary.
William does not appear to have served with the military during the First World War. However, he did serve locally as a special constable for Wolverhampton Borough Council, and survived the war.
By 1939, he was living at 59 Goldthorn Crescent, Wolverhampton, along with his wife, Mary, and children William Arthur and Jean Mary. He was working as a solicitor. He died on 18 October 1964 at St George’s Hospital, Coton Hill, Stafford. His address by this date was 8 St Jude’s Court, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, and the value of his effects was £12,106.