Born Queensbury, William is believed to be the son of Isaac and Mary who are shown on the 1901 census living at Wren Street, Keighley. William at the age of 21 is the oldest of the four children listed on the census return, he was employed as a labourer, machine shop, the same occupation as his father and brother.
Moving back to 1891 the family can be found living at the address of near gasworks the other entries on the return give a better idea of this Queensbury location with the address above of Harrowins Lodge and the addresses below of Hunger Hill. The return also shows that Isaac and Mary had a further three children.
In Autumn 1914 William married Alice King, it is not known if they had children.
William served in the 1st/8th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was killed in action on 26th March 1918. Having no known grave, he is named on the ARRAS MEMORIAL. (Bay 4).
At the time of his death William’s battalion were in trenches close to Bucquoy holding back the Germans as they continued their Spring Offensive (operation Michael). The war diary notes that casualties during the day were not excessive considering the heavy attack made on the line, although they did lose their Commanding Officer who was shot early in the day.