Born at Elsmere, Shropshire, UK. CoE. Enlisted 13 September 1915 age 22, butcher. Nok father, Alfred Birch, Harvey St, and later Mason St, Cottesloe Beach. Embarked at Fremantle 18 January 1916 per A7 Medic. Served in France 1917-1919. RTA April 1919 per Castalia. In later years William resided at Monument St, Mosman Park and then at Napoleon St, Cottesloe. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.