William was educated at West Kirby School, and at Laird School of Arts, then became an Artist and Sign Writer. He enlisted in the R.A.M.C. (T.F.) on 9th September 1914, joining at Liverpool he was embodied onto the 1st West Lancashire Divisional Field Ambulance. He was 19 years and 3 months old at the time. He went to Gallipoli on 19th March 1915, then proceeded to France - leaving Egypt on 13th March 1916, he disembarked at Marseilles on the 20th. He received a gun shot wound to his left arm on 3rd May 1917 and was evacuated back to Etaples. He then developed tetanus and died at No 1 Canadian General Hospital. His Officer Commanding wrote: “He was one of those for whom I entertained the highest esteem and regard. Quiet, unassuming, always ready to do his duty or oblige his fellows, he had won a high place in the esteem of his comrades.” William was the only son of Elizabeth M Simpell of 16 Sapphire or Sophia Street, Liverpool.