William Bettney born on 21 May 1890 in Wath he was the son of Richard, a coal miner and Sarah. In 1901 they lived at Market Terrace, Wath.
On 26 December, 1913 William married Harriet Matthews (sister of the five Matthew brothers – see their story).
William enlisted in K.O.Y.L.I. Service No. 4177 and in 1915 fought in France. On the 25 June 1916 William received a gun shot wound to his left hand, then in September 1916 William was gassed and suffered from shell shock.
William was a plasterer by trade, but did not work again after the war due to ill health.
William was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
William died in 1958.