Bill was born in January 1931 in his parents home in Station Road Elsenham, He was the eldest child and had a sister Janice and a younger brother David. The family moved to Stansted where Will attended primary school winning a scholarship to Grammar school in Newport. He completed school and immediately volunteered for the RAF. He became a flight servant and joined an operational squadron in early 1943 flying Hurricanes. He was on operations for a year and a half, when he was then transferred to the central flying school and spent the rest of the war training fighter pilots.
He was demobbed in early 1946 and joined the Prudential Assurance company working at first in their Holburn head office and later in his career he transferred to their Harlow centre. He met his wife Jenny whilst commuting into London from Bishops Stortford and they bought the house they were to live in for the next 52 years in 1954. Their son Jeremy and daughter Anita followed and the family settled in Barrels Down Road. Will was a keen football player for Manuden after the war and when he had finished playing would often be seen at West Ham United with Jeremy. He also loved Cricket and had played for Manuden for many years and after hanging up his wicket keeping gloves, Will became treasurer and committee member for many years.
He and Jenny loved to travel and after their retirement were often off on another cruise to see the world. Tragically Jenny passed away in 2004 and shortly after Will sold the family house moving into Elmhurst Nursing home. His sudden death after a short bout of pneumonia came as a great shock.
Thank you in advance all for your thought and donations, Jeremy and Chris, Anita and Tony and families
Will, rest in peace old friend, We have so many great memories looking back with yourselves and the boys at the club. You were a great servant to both the cricket and football clubs and we had so many great successes over the years. Great times remembered by all who were there. Agnes and I will always cherish those moments.
Doctor Kenny Smith
Will - Thank you fro so many great sporting years, it was an honour to play alongside you and then stand on the touchline and cheer with you. The late night disection of every game we went to see at the Hammers was always great entertainment even if the results we not! Rest in peace my friend
Doctor Martin Robinson
Will you were such a great man and so humble, we will all miss you so much at the Cricket Club, our thoughts are with your family at this tragic time.
My Dad (Phil Erwood) served in the RAF with Will in 247 Squadron and from that point they remained firm friends. Unfortunately Phil is not well at the moment and so cannot attend the funeral but he has asked for his condolences to be passed on and I would like to add my own, I only met Will a few times but was always taken by his great humility, our combined thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Mrs Jenny Sansom
Jeremy, Anita and families - your father was a great man and will be sorely missed, out thoughts are with you at this difficult time.