William was a 34 year old miner when he enlisted in August 1915. He served in the 51st and 52nd Battalions, arriving in France in April 1916. In September 1917, he was promoted to Corporal but four days later suffered a shrapnel wound to his head and knee during fighting at Polygon Wood near Ypres. He was shipped to England, returning ot the front in March 1918.
Sadly, while William was serving in France, his father Jeremiah, who had previously been hospitalised with episodes of mental illness, committed suicide.
William returned to Ross, later working for the Ross Council as a poundkeeper and caretaker. He was also a member of the Ross Athletic Club. He married Nettie Groves, whose father was farm manager at Mount Morriston.
William died in 1960 and is buried at Ross.
William’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.