William was born in 1885 at 17 Somerset Place, Teignmouth Devon. He was the fourth born child of James Bennett and Charlotte Haydon. William lived at Somerset Place until the death of his parents in 1908/9 upon which he moved to 15 Model Cottages, Teignmouth
On 18 June 1910 William enrolled in the British Army for an initial period of four years extending this for a further two years in June 1914. He was now Driver 1575 of the Wessex 4th Brg RFA, becoming Bombardier on 29 August 1914. According to his military history records, William was never posted abroad.
During this time William married Lilian Dyer in the spring of 1912 at Newton Abbott, they had 5 children together, 2 of whom sadly died in early childhood.
William was discharged from the army on 13 June 1916 as he was no longer physically fit for service due to a lung and airways disease, caused by gases he had breathed in during his military service. Sadly William died from the disease on 14 July 1919and was laid to rest at Teignmouth Cemetery.
Title: British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920; Author: Ancestry.com; Original data: The National Archives of the UK (TNA).