William Dilks was one of six children to William and Sarah Ann (née Glenister) Dilks. His father was a bricklayer.
His parents married 9 April 1883 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts. and the family home was at 116, Pinner Road, Oxhey. Sarah died 1923 in Watford aged 65, and was buried 16 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; William died 1936 in Watford aged 86, and was buried 2 November, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
William was born 1 June 1890 in Bushey, Herts, and baptised 12 September 1890 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey. He resided in Watford.
On the 1891 Census, William was aged 9 months and living in Oxhey with his parents and three siblings. By the time of the 1901 Census the family continued to live in Oxhey but William, aged 10, now had five siblings. He had remained in Oxhey by the 1911 Census, living with his parents and two siblings, and was working as a labourer aged 20.