The Parratts were a long-standing and well known Stockport family. William's father, Charles, had been licensee of the Victoria Hotel on Hillgate and his grandfather, also called William, had been a police sergeant (although by the time of the 1901 Census, he was retired, aged 64).
Charles Parratt had married Annie Brindley between October and December 1888. In 1892, William was born and it is known he had a brother. Around 1909, William joined the army as a regular soldier and served in Belfast and, later, in India. The 2nd Cheshires didn't return from India until 24 December 1914. There would have only been time for a very short visit back to Stockport to visit his mother (Charles is believed to have died by this time) at the family home at 12 Palmer View, Alpine Road.
In early January, the Battalion left for France. In the next few months, William was twice wounded and gassed once. These seem to have been relatively minor incidents which did not keep him away from duty for long. On 3 October, he was killed in fighting at the Battle of Loos described here. His body was never found and identified.
His brother served in the Navy, aboard HMS Larkspur, which was an early type of minesweeper. After the war, their mother had had remarried, to a Mr Williamson, and was living at 23 Withens Road in the Portwood area of town.