Born in Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1880, the eldest son of the late Joseph and the late Jane Bayley of Whixall. William is shown as William Bailey on the Whixall Memorial.
Husband to Sarah Jane Bayley (nee Heath) (married 5 November 1905) of 13 Moss Cottages, Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire and father of Joseph, William, Agnes, Thomas, Mary and Elizabeth.
William was a peat labourer. He died from wounds received from an exploded gas shell.
Regiment : 99th Siege battery Royal Garrison Artillery
Rank : Gunner
Service Number : 112465
Died of wounds; France 29 June 1918 Aged 38