Born in 1 July 1880 in Hertingfordbury to William and Sarah Jeffreys. Baptised on 8 August 1890 in St Andrew's Church, Herford. On the 1901 Census he was referred to as Oswald William Jefferys, still living with his parents in Hertingfordbury and apprenticed as a boot maker. This trade may have bought him to Welwyn to work for one of the Boot and Shoe Makers then operating in the village. In 1911 he was working as a Gardener at Myrtle Hall (Welwyn Hall) for Riversdale Grenfell, father-in-law of another man named on the memorial, Walter Stewart, and referred to himself as William Jefferys. In 1914 he married Elizabeth Binstead of Bengeo in Hertford, again referring to himself as William Oswald Jefferys. His parents were living in Mill Lane when he died.