William was born in Wanborough in 1897 and christened at St Andrews on the 21st March. His father, also William, was an agricultural labourer who was also born in the village. His mother Mary Ann hailed from London and he had two sisters, Annie and Ada.
William lived with his family originally on the High Street (in 1901) then in Burycroft Row in 1911, when he was working as a farm boy, aged 14. His parents later moved to Jubilee Cottage and lived there during the 1st World War and subsequently.
He enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, part of "D" Battery, 63rd Brigade, part of 12th (Eastern) Division. He was assigned as a driver and had joined up in Swindon.
William was killed, aged 20, on 3rd December 1917 at Cambrai, North France as a result of a German counterattack. He does not have a known grave but is commemorated on Panel 1 of the Cambrai Memorial in Louveral, North France.
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Panel on Cambrai memorial