William was born in Chorleywood (Rickmansworth in Census) on the 5th of December 1887 and baptised there on the 15th of January 1888. His parents were Charles, a Carpenter, and Annie Alice(nee Hookham) and in 1891 the family was living in Rothschild Road, Acton. 1901 found them at Hatfield House Flat 1, Darwen Road, Ealing.
In 1909 William married Caroline Hall in Brentford and they had three children – Edna Edith 1910, Cecil Thomas 1912, William Ewart 1915. Caroline remarried in 1920 to Thomas G Griffith having three more children – Rose M E 1921, Frederick J 1924, Dennis G 1927.
On the 1939 Register Caroline and Thomas, together with son Cecil, a Plumber’s Mate, were living 3 Hawthorn Gardens, Ealing. William's mother, Annie Alice, is thought to be the sister of George Hookham whose son George Horace was killed on the 2nd of April 1915.
He is recorded as enlisting in Brentford.