William Leonard Coventry was born at Bootle on the 14th November 1893 and was baptised on the 13th December 1893 at St.Leonard's C.of E. Church, Bootle.
 
He was the son of William Ashcroft Coventry and Mary Ellen (nee Cropper) who were married in 1879 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Walton.
 
1901 Census – 76 Chaucer Street, Bootle - Parents William A and Mary E with children James H, Jane, Lillian, Lawrence, Mary M, William L, John and Ellen  
 
1911 Census - 22 Norton Street, Bootle - Parents William Ashcroft and Mary Ellen with children Jane, Lawrence, Mary Margaret, William Lenard, John Albert and Ellen Bertha - Parents had been married 33 years with 9 children born and 8 still alive. William Lenard was aged 17 and an office boy at an Auctioneers.
 
William enlisted in the 7th KLR at Seaforth. His service records do not appear to have survived. His medal card suggests that he arrived on the Western Front on the 4th.March 1915. It also suggests that initially his number in the Liverpool Regiment had been 2360, but that his later number was 265577.
 
He died of wounds in France on the 21st April 1917. Reports on his death appeared in the Crosby Herald on the 12th May 1917, in the Bootle Times on the 4th May 1917 and in the Evening Express on the 5th May 1917. The photo that appeared in the Bootle Times report is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
   News has been received that Pte. William L. (Jack) Coventry, K.L.R., has died from wounds received in action, on April 21st, while out with a working party on an important piece of work. He was 23 years of age, and previous to enlisting in January, 1916, he resided with his parents at 22, Norton-street. Bootle. He was in the employ of Messrs. Outhwaite and Litherland, Bridge-road, Litherland. He formerly attended Gray-street Schools, and was a teacher in the Sunday school at St.Leonard's Church. His colonel, on expressing sympathy with his parents, said: "He was a good lad and a good soldier, and though of a quiet and unassuming disposition, was very popular with all his comrades.

Crosby Herald 12th May 1917

A memorial notice appeared in the Bootle Times on the 26th April 1918
 
COVENTRY.- In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. W.L.Coventry, died of wounds April 21st, 1917.  Interred Hazebrouck Cemetery, France.
     One year has passed,
          Our hearts still sore;
     As time rolls on
          We miss him more.
 -Never forgotten, Father, Mother, Sisters, Brothers.