It is unclear as to when he joined the army but it is possible that this took
place in early 1916.
According to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website he joined the Border Regiment (No. 24471) and then was transferred to the Labour Corps (No. 35292).
However from the Medal Roll shows that he initially joined the Cheshire Regiment (39634).
He went to France in May 1916 and served as a stretcher-bearer to his Battalion.
In early November he was taken ill and was transferred to Birmingham where he underwent two operations and he died shortly afterwards.
His body was returned to Darwen and he was buried in Darwen Cemetery on January 17, 1918.
Prior to WW1 William had seen service in the South African War
(1899-1901) in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
At the end of the war his widow received his war medals - Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Grave Ref: Section K.304 (OS Ref: SD 69811,20308)