Born in Harleton, Norfolk on 6 March 1880, William Clacy Feaviour was the youngest of seven children of Robert, a coachbuilder, and Emma (née Whitney) Feaviour.
His parents were married on 26 March 1874 in Stradbroke, Suffolk. Robert died in 1887 in Harleston, age 57, and William’s older brother took charge of the business. Emma died in 1904 in Depwade, Norfolk, age 62.
At the 1881 Census, William was age 1 and living in Harleston with his parents and six siblings; Mary Ellen (age 25), Harriett (age 23), Robert Lindzey (age 21), Frederick George (age 18), Arthur (age 15), Margarett (age 6). Robert Murray (a police officer) was also there as a lodger. His father was a coach builder.
At the 1891 Census, William is a scholar, age 10, and still lived in Harleston with his widowed mother and four siblings; Margaret, Frederick and Alexander (age 5). The recorded birthplace for William on this census is Redenhall, Norfolk which is very near to Harleston.
By 1901, William was age 21 and had moved to Watford, where he was a boarder at 8, Derby Road. He was employed as a grocer’s assistant.
William married Blanche Sarah Harter of 8 Hillside Road, Bushey on 13 January 1908. Sadly, she died during the first quarter of 1911 at the age of 29. They had one child, Patricia Mary, who was born on 10 December 1908 in the registration district of Castle Ward, Northumberland.
There is also a record in the 1911 Census for Dublin, held in the National Archives of Ireland, for a William Clacy Feaviour (age 31), who was a visitor at Upper Sackville Street, North City, Dublin. The head of the family is Jessie Robertson and also present are an Assistant Head, a Manageress, 13 Servants, 6 Boarders and 17 Visitors. The name and age match those for William and his religion is given as Church of England, but it is not known if this is actually him, nor why he would have been there.