William was born in 1894 to William and Anne Taylor of Plough Lane Christleton. According to the 1911 census he was a domestic groom and he lived at home with siblings; William 17, Albert 12, Amy 10, and Jane 4. As he was posted to France on 25th September 1915 he must have joined the colours fairly close to the outbreak of the Great War. As his service number never changed from 12746 it appears that he served his entire service with the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. According to the battalion diary for July 1918 the troops were in a period of rest and training. However on the 2nd July after bathing, the battalion was shelled in the night, with both gas and high explosive. There were 5 other ranks killed, 13 wounded from the high explosive and another 17 from the gas. William was one of these. He was taken to the 54th Casualty Clearing Station, where he died five days later.
Service Record in France: