Born 5th May 1894 at Goostrey, William was the son of Willie and Miriam Davies, Park Gate, Peover Superior, Willie was running a shop in 1901, but by 1911 he was acting as a bookmaker, Young William sought his fortunes abroad and immigrated to Canada.
He enlisted at Victoria, British Columbia on the 18th March 1915, he declared that he was already serving with the 88th Fusiliers, his occupation is listed as farming, his medical records show that he was 5ft 4” with a chest measurement of thirty-seven inches, he had blue eyes, fair hair. His father Willie was listed as his next of kin, Willie was living at The Cottage, Goostrey.
William sailed on the 1st July 1915, arriving in England on the 10th Two days later, on the 12th July he was admitted to Moore Barracks hospital at Shorncliffe, his diagnosis was septicaemia (seriously ill)
The medical case history dated 1st August 1915 states: Five weeks ago, patient had tonsillitis which developed into abscesses, July 6th and 7th the abscesses on the right displayed a considerable quantity of pus. On arriving in England, the patient was very week, stayed one night in camp and was then sent to Moore barracks hospital where he has been for the past three weeks. The only compliant up to a week ago was general weakness, no pain, though slight discharge from his throat. About a week ago patient noticed that he was slightly short of breath, this has gradually increased-Resp is now 42 – No cough – No pain. On examination patient has a molar flush, skin is very dry and hot, tongue is very red and coated.
The final entry is dated the 12th August: Movement of right side of chest almost imperceptible, five days later William died.
William is buried at St. Luke’s in Goostrey