William served in the 1st/6th Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and died on 2nd April 1918, aged 23. His battalion were caught up in the fighting retreat of the German spring offensive and his military records record presumed dead.
His parents Walter and Hannah of 75 Old Dolphin, Clayton Heights placed an appeal in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph for any soldiers returning to the region, asking about the whereabouts or fate of their son. No information was ever given, and they had to wait nearly eight months to finally receive confirmation of his death.
The Heaton family can be found on the 1901 and 1911 at the address shown above, William had a sister, Marion. From the 1911 census we see that Walter was a wool comber and Hannah looked after the house duties, William then 17 was an apprentice wool sorter and Marion aged 12 was at school part time and a laundry worker.
William has no known grave and is commemorated on the POZIERES MEMORIAL (Panel 16 to 18). He is also commemorated on the Clayton Heights War Memorial.