William was born within the parish of St Augustine's C of E Church, Brinksway, Stockport.
The family home was at 4 Chester Street, Chestergate and, at the time of his death, his parents, 2 brothers (Joe and Jack) and 3 sisters (Bertha, Ethel and Lily) were living there. Joe was also serving with the army
William had married Annie Platt between January and March 1910 and they lived at 57 Brinksway with their child. He worked nearby, as a doubler, at Gorsey Bank Mill (and is commemorated on the company's entry in the Manchester Battalions Roll of Honour, page 497).
He enlisted on 10 September 1914 into the 2/6th Battalion (reserves
William was severely wounded during a period of duty in the front line. Extracts from the Battalion's War Diary for these days are here. Later Annie's brother wrote saying that William had been buried by an explosion of a shell. He was unconscious when they had dug him out but he died almost immediately. It is probable that Annie was being spared the true details of William's death. He is buried some miles away from where he was wounded at a cemetery adjacent to where 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was based. The Stations were the first significant part of the medical provision and he would have only been brought there if he was still alive and the Battalion medical officer thought there was a chance of saving him. It's reasonable to assume that William actually had a very painful death.
By the early 1920s, Annie had remarried to a Mr Mulvaney and was living at 8 Carlile Street, Edgeley.