After the war had ended, William served in Italy where he became ill. He was brought back to York Military Hospital where he died of heart trouble in May 1920.
Third son of Walter (deceased) and Mary Ann Holmes of 6 Hall Street. His father was formerly mail driver at the King's Head Hotel.
William had been associated with the Durham Light Infantry for over thirteen years. His service began in Ireland and then he returned home as an instructor.
In February 1918 the Teesdale Mercury reported his visit to Barnard Castle whilst on furlough. He was described as 'gallant', 'unassuming' and 'most interesting in conversation'.
Whilst serving on the front he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.