William was born in Barnsley and he can be found on the 1901 census living in the St. John parish of Barnsley with his mother Sarah, four brothers and one sister, his father Joseph had passed away. The CWGC record that he was the son of Mrs. Hinchliffe, of 10 Raglan Street, Queensbury, Bradford and the late Joseph Hinchliffe.
It is unclear when Sarah came to Queensbury as a 1911 census return has not been found, however it is known that her daughter Jane married Frank Bond a coalminer at Queensbury Parish Church on the 15th April 1918. Frank was to be called up for service as he is on the Queensbury roll, his address 10 Raglan Street, is the same as Sarah (his mother in law).
Enlisting in Conisborough, William served in the 1st/5th Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and held the rank of (Acting) Corporal, he was aged 24 when he died of wounds in France on 12th April 1918 (three days before his sister’s wedding). He is buried at LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY (V. A. 23).