William enlisted on 2nd March 1916 but was called up for service on 4th August 1917 and posted to serve with the R.A.M.C. four days later. He was 32 years and 2 months old and living in Cray at the time. On 25th February 1918 he embarked on H.M.H.S. 'Glenart Castle' and was reported missing, believed drowned on 26th. His death was accepted by the War Office on lapse of time.