William Bloor was born in Rickmansworth and his birth was registered in Watford district in the third quarter of 1890. At the 1891 census, aged 8 months, he lived with his parents Joseph and Mary and four siblings at Providence Terrace, New Road, Croxley Green. Joseph worked as a boatman. He came from a canal family. His father, William, was a boatman as was his brother Daniel who also lived in New Road in 1891.
By 1901 the family had moved to Nash Mills where Joseph was a lock keeper on the Grand Junction canal. In 1911 they were living at 15 Weymouth Street, Apsley. Joseph was still working as a waterman but William, aged 20, worked as a packer at the paper mill (presumably Dickinson’s Apsley mill which was close by). One of his brothers and a sister also worked there. It seems likely that the dedication to Private J W Bloor, Bedfordshire Regiment, on the Apsley memorial of John Dickinson and Co. refers to William.
His cousin, Dan, also died in the war. The army paid his mother Mary £16 13s 11d including a war gratuity of £8 10s.
Recorded as enlisting in Hemel Hempstead.