William and his older sister, Mary, had been born in Malby, on the west coast of County Clare, Eire. His parents, Matthew & Margaret, had come to Britain in the late 1890s and had taken up residence at 97 Leaf Street, Chorlton on Medlock.
By the time of the Great War, the family was living at Thomas Street, Bredbury. William was working for Boots's Chemist in Manchester and enlisted into the army in the city centre. His service number suggests that he joined up towards the end of 1914. After training, he will have joined the Battalion at Gallipoli as part of a draft of troops sent to replace casualties - most notably from the costly attack on 4 June 1915.
On the day he was killed, William and his comrades took part in an attack known as the Battle of the Vineyard. The assault would actually be undertaken by the 6th Battalion. However, it was considerably under-strength due to earlier casualties and 60 men from "A" Company of the 8th Battalion were designated to assist by "going over the top" with the second wave of attackers. It is reasonable to assume that William was one of this group. Click here to read an account of the attack.
In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Mr & mrs Foran were living at 74 Ducie Grove, Whitworth park, Manchester.