Willie served in 20th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action on 31st July 1918, aged 18.

His parents were Alpheus and Harriet, and he was the youngest of their eight children, having four brothers and three sisters. In 1901 and 1911 the family can be found living at 4 Smithy, Clayton Heights. In 1911 Willie, aged 13, is in employment as a worsted spinner. CWGC records show his parents living at 6, Brookes Terrace, Clayton Heights.

Willie is buried at LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE (II. F. 46). His headstone inscription reads: God Thought It Best to Call You.

His comrade James Harper, killed alongside Wille, lies in grave II. F. 47. He was aged 37 and from Wick.