Born in 1880 in Bengeo, Hertford son of Edmund and Martha Ilott and living in 46 Wellington Street, Hertford in 1891, in St Andrew’s Street, Hertford in 1901. His father was a bricklayer with his own account whilst William was a brick labourer and then back in Wellington Street in 1911. That census records that his mother was a widow and William was now employed as a bricklayer. as a bricklayer. It is possible that William may have married Annie E Lemon at the end of 1916 or beginning of 1917.