Born in 1877, in Hertford, to parents James and Mary, he was one of seven and in 1881 they were living at Port Hill Common, Bengeo and his father was an army pensioner. In 1891 he was living with his brother Robert and his mother along with two more of his brothers at 8 Byde Street, Bengeo. William married Emma Hedger in 1900 in Hertford, and they were living at 9 Old Hall Street, Hertford in 1901 and he was employed as a coach painter. The 1911 census shows they have two children Leslie William aged five and Elsie Emma aged one, they were living at 61 Port Hill, Hertford and he was now employed as a leather worker. First joined East Lancashire’s in 1896 when he then bought himself out. Husband to Emma of 51, Port Hill, Bengeo and they had 2 children.