William was living in Stevenage and enlisted there. He was posted to France on the 30th August 1915.
On the 26th September his Battalion were engaged in fighting in the Vermelles area, South-West of the town of La Bassee. The unit War Diary indicates that the Battalion encountered strong German resistance and were, eventually, forced to withdraw, having suffered over 350 casualties.
It is believed that William was amongst the wounded and was evacuated to No.2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, where he died of his wounds on the 1st October 1915 and is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.