William was born in Cardston, AB, on January 8, 1927. He served with the Army in Canada, enlisting on February 18, 1945 and receiving his discharge on September 18, 1945. William did basic training at Dundurn, SK, and was then sent to Currie Barracks, Calgary. He was set to go to England in May of 1945 but the war ended before he could leave. The war also ended in the Pacific before William could leave Canada. He joined up again in 1955, serving with the Queen’s Own Rifle in Calgary. He was supposed to go to Egypt in 1957, but when his regiment arrived in Halifax enroute to Egypt, the Egyptian Government said it did not want the regiment to come. The regiment returned to Calgary, where William was discharged in 1959. William has been a member of Legion Branch #26 in Kelowna for 33 years.