Born: 19 October 1882
Family: Eldest child of Alfred and Ellen Arrowsmith of Foxes Lane Broughall. In March 1910, William married Mabel Gill and they had a son, Leonard.
Civilian Occupation: At 18 William was an apprentice to a gardener (not domestic); however, in 1907 he became a locomotive fireman. The 1939 Register records him as a locomotive driver.
Residence: At the time of the 1911 Census, he lived at 102 Ruskin Road, Crewe, Cheshire. The 1939 Register records the family living at 56 Smallbrook Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire
Died: 27 October 1948 aged 66.
Regiment: Royal Flying Corps, (previously 6651 Royal North Lancashire Regiment)
Service Number: B104662
Date of Enlistment: 8 November 1901
Date of Discharge: 7 October 1917
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation
At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal North Lancashire regiment but was subsequently transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in October 1917.