Born: 12 September 1895
Family: Son of William and Sarah Agnes Ashley. William married Maisie Mary Hart, from Limerick, in 1930.
Education: He attended schools in Whixall and Ash prior to the family moving to Burslem, Staffordshire.
Civilian Occupation: At 14 he was working at the coal mine as a miner’s driver. By 1939, William was employed as a lorry driver for a coal merchant.
Residence: The 1911 Census shows William living at 36 Sparrow Terrace, Porthill, Staffordshire. The 1939 Register shows him living at 3 Albert Place, Villar Street, Hockley, Birmingham, 1939.
Died: 1974, aged 79.
In 1919 he was recorded in the Police Gazette under ‘British Army, deserters and absentees’.
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Service Number: 16112
Date of Enlistment: 3 March 1913