Agricultural Hall, AJS, Blackpool, Burleigh Road, Caddicks, Drayton Street, France, Haywards, Merridale Street, Royal Army Medical Corps, South Staffordshire Regiment, St Paul's School, William Bryan, Wolverhampton Council
William was born on 21 October 1877, the son of Henry and Harriet Bryan. HIs father was the caretaker at St Paul’s Schools in Merridale Street, and William first worked as an errand boy at a chemist’s shop. He married Alice Gertrude Evans in Wolverhampton in 1899, and they had a daughter, Ada Dorothy, in 1900. In 1901, the couple and Ada were living at 40 Drayton Street, Wolverhampton, when William’s trade was listed as house agent. William worked as an assistant at Caddicks builders, where he learnt carpentry skills. Unfortunately, Ada died in 1904. They had a son, Frank Edgar, born in 1909. By 1911, they were living in Blackpool, where William was a joiner for Blackpool Corporation Tramways. They were boarding the in home of Ellen Lowe at 128 Central Drive. Unfortunately, Frank also died, in 1913. After 1911, they had another son, Harry, but I have not been able to confirm further details.
In 1915, William enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Lance Corporal, and was attached to the 2nd/6th South Staffordshire Regiment. He served most of the war in France, putting his carpentry skills to good use. He survived the war and was back home in 1919.
After the war, William continued to work as a carpenter, including working on the Wolverhampton Agricultural Hall. He joined Haywards, who made sidecars for AJS motorcyles, and later worked as a joiner and coach builder for Wolverhampton Corporation on the trams and buses. By 1939, he lived at 111 Burleigh Road, Wolverhampton, along with his wife. He died at the age of 88 in 1964.