1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals
Distinguished Conduct Medal
PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE
Royston Town War Memorial
William had joined the Army in 1904. His wife and two children lived at Mackerel Hall, Royston and, after his death, lived at Chapel Green, Dunton, Biggleswade.
He was posted to France in 1914 and had returned to the UK in 1916. In January 1918 he was again sent out to France with his Battalion. Citation for the Distinguished Conduct Medal published in the London Gazette on the 3rd September 1918: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a counter-attack made by his Company he acted with great courage and determination in getting his platoon forward, twice reorganising it under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. He showed also great skill in the use of his own rifle in order to cover the advance of another portion of the line, and accounted for fifteen of the enemy himself.” On the 13th October 1918 he was leading his section in an advance when he was shot through the head.