William was born in 1886 and baptised at All Saints’, Daresbury on 20 June that year.
His parents were James and Ellen. William had eight siblings – James b1874, Joseph b1875, Ellen b1878, Herbert b1881, Annie b1883, Emily b1884, Ethel May (or Mary) b1889 and Frank b1890. The family lived on Warrington Road (now Runcorn Road).
The 1901 census records that William was an agricultural labourer, but by 1911, he was a house painter.
William married Elizabeth Done from Hatton on 8 September 1910, at All Saints’, Daresbury. They had two children, Harold b1911 and Ethel b1912. The family lived at South View, Moss Lane.
William enlisted on 7 December 1915 and joined the 207th Field Company of the Royal Engineers, service number 521863. He served throughout the war in this country, until July 1919, when he embarked to France and was finally demobilised on 31 August 1919.
Nothing is known of his life after the war.
William died in 1965, aged 79 years.