Born at Shankhill, Belfast, County Antrim in Ireland. He served 12 years with the Royal Army Medical Corp before joining the AIF on 15 May 1915 age 33 and a fitter. Nok wife, Helen Boyd, Gibney St, Cottesloe Beach then c/o D Fraser, 174 Montgomery St, Edinburgh Scotland and later at Cottesloe. Embarked at Fremantle 24 May 1915 per RMS Mooltan. William served in France in 1916 and in both France and Belgium in 1917. In France in August 1916 near Poziers, he suffered from the effects of poisonous gas. It is likely that he spent part of his service on hospital ships sailing between Europe and Australia, including A32 Themistocles in September 1915, A30 Borda 11 February 1916 and again in June 1917, A54 Runic. He died at a Kalamunda Convalescent Home in Western Australia on 11 August 1920 and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in the Presbyterian Section CA 83. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM. A letter dated 5 May 1921 in this service file is addressed Mrs Helen Boyd of Palmerston St, Cottesloe Beach.