William was born in Great Malvern Worcestershire and grew up there following in his father's trade of carpentry. He met Florence in Malvern while she was working as a cook, although she came from Swindon. They were married on 14th October 1911 at St Mark's church in New Swindon; her father worked at GWR as a wagon builder and her family lived close by.
They set up home in Swindon and had two sons: Frederick in 1912 and Harold in 1914, by which point they had moved to Callas Hill, Wanborough. William enlisted at Swindon in 1915, in the Princess Charlotte of Wales's Royal Berkshire Regiment 8th Battalion rifles, 1st Division, 1st Brigade; moving to France on 7th August 1915.
The Regiment fought on the Western Front in the Somme offensive and on 3rd September 1916 were in the High Wood section. William was killed in action on this day. He does not have a known grave but is commemorated on the Pier and Face 11 D of the Thiepval Monument, near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France.
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