William was officially reported missing in May 1917. At the time his father Watson was serving in Egypt.
Son of Watson and Elizabeth Waine of Thorngate. His brother, George, was also killed in action.
William had previously worked in the shoe thread factory as a bobbin carrier. He began training at Halton camp, Tring in October 1915.
In January 1915, he wrote home from the front, saying: "I wish to thank the Barnard Castle War Emergency Committee for their kindness in sending the grand parcel for my Christmas gift, although it was very late in arriving. I would like to thank Mr J. I. Dawson for getting our names."