William was killed at the scene of the accident, he was 55 years old and worked as a bricklayer’s labourer for Mr Lovatt of Wolverhampton. He was travelling from either Frome or Warminster and was going home for Christmas.
One witness stated that just before he died William was rejoicing that he was returning to his wife, whom he had not seen for nearly a year.
William was buried at Hampton Gay on 29 December 1874, the service being taken by Rev. H W Yule, rector of Shipton on Cherwell. One newspaper report stated that William was a Catholic, and that his burial in Protestant ground was a source of trouble to his widow. Another newspaper report stated that William and Benjamin Taylor, who was buried on the same day, were buried in the same grave. In the burial register William's address is given as 2 Water Street, Macclesfield.