William Walker Gunnery was born 48 Seaforth Road, Seaforth on the 2nd December 1896 and baptised on the 10th January 1897 at St.Thomas’ C.of E. Church, Seaforth.
 
He was the son of Walter Gunnery and Jessie Jane (nee Walker) who were married on the 1st January 1889 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Bootle.
 
1901 Census - 48 Seaforth Road, Seaforth - Parents Walter and Jessie Jane Gunnery with children Harold, Walter, Thomas Sefton and William Walker Gunnery.
 
1911 Census - 273 Hawthorn Road, Bootle - Mother Jessie (Widow) with children Walter, Thomas Sefton, and William Walker Gunnery. Mother had been married 23 years with 4 children born and still alive.
 
His mother was still living at 273 Hawthorne Road, Bootle after the war.
 
William was an Apprentice Fitter in Iron Founders in 1911.
 
He was killed at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 whilst serving aboard H.M.S. Defence.
Reports on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 9th and 16th June 1916.
 
   Wm. Gunnery, whose relatives carry on business in Hawthorne-road, was another Bootle boy well known and having a considerable number of friends. As a boy he attended Christ Church School and also the Sunday School, was a member of the Church Choir and of the Boys' Brigade. Though only 19 years of age, he had been associated with the Navy four years. He was trained at Portsmouth, but had joined the Defence before the war broke out, and was with her when she went down. One of his brothers is serving in the 21st King's now at Formby, another is a marine engineer at present in South Africa, and a third died in Canada about four years ago.

Bootle Times on the 9th June 1916

 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.