William was born to Sarah Cavey, from Liddington and was boarded as a small child with a family in Badbury. After his mother married Albert Goddard from Wanborough, William moved in with them, next to the school in Upper Wanborough. Albert was a carter and William a plough boy on a nearby farm in 1901, but by 1911 William had moved out and was visiting the family at Hill Farm Cottages.
On 22nd January 1915 in Swindon he joined the Coldstream Guards, 2nd Battalion, part of the Guards Division, 1st Brigade. He fought on the Western Front in France and Flanders, which culminated for him in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge, part of the Somme Offensive on 26 Sep 1916, where he was killed in action.
He was re-interred from his original burial place by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave concentration exercise and was laid to rest at the A.I.F. Burial Ground, in plot XII L6 in Grass Lane, Flers, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
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