In army records William is recorded as born in Welwyn – he was certainly baptised there on 2 February 189. He was also recorded as resident in Burnham Green, Datchworth, age 25 when killed, but it does seem more likely from FreeBMD*1 that he was born in 1895, and so aged 23 when killed, the censuses confirm this. In 1901 he was living at Welwyn with his parents George and Lucy, and his father is described as an agricultural labourer. In 1911 he was living, with his widowed aunt and her son John in Burnham Green, and is described as a farm labourer. We do not know why he and his siblings were living with their widowed aunt.