Born: 1 December 1894 in Oswestry, Shropshire.
Family: William, known as Bill, was the third of six children born to William Glover, a tailor, and his wife May. He married Anais Justine Richard in Lausanne, Switzerland on 2 December 1918 and together they had 3 children – George, Adele R and John M. (His marriage certificate indicates that he was still a Prisoner of War when he married)
Residence: The family were living in Oswestry when he was born. By 1901 they were living in Leighton Buzzard and in 1911 they were living in Cuddington, Malpas with his grandparents. He married in 1918 in Lausanne, Switzerland; his marriage certificate shows his address as Chateaux d’Oex, Lausanne. The 1919 Absent Voter’s Register shows his address as 3 Holly Bank Cottages. The family was living at Foel, Llangadfan when their first child was born in 1920 and had moved to Plas Yolyn Cottage, Oswestry by the time their second child was born in 1921. They lived here until 1954 when they moved to Tower Bungalow, Dudleston Heath, Criftins where the family lived until Bill’s death.
Employment: He was a tailor when he married in 1918; in 1939 he was a gardener.
Died: In 1965 in Oswestry, Shropshire from heart failure whilst riding his motorcycle.
Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Service Number: 10673
Date of Enlistment: 1912
Date of Discharge: 31 March 1919
Reason for Discharge: Medically unfit for service
William was captured at Ypres and taken Prisoner of War on 10 July 1915, spending time in camps in Germany, Lithuania and Russian Poland often under harsh conditions. He was selected for the Invalid Exchange Scheme, suffering from tuberculosis and was sent to Switzerland where he met and married his future wife. He officially remained a Prisoner of War until at least February 1918 in the Sprottau POW Camp. His marriage certificate suggests he was still a POW in December 1918.
Bill’s brothers George and John (Jack) lost their lives in WW1 and are commemorated on the Malpas memorial