William Dougall was born at Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland in 1881.
He was the younger son of John Johnston Murdoch Dougal and Ann Gray (nee Burns). His parents were both natives of Glasgow, where they were married on the 14th July 1865.
William had siblings Mary (b 1866), Jane (b 1870), Annie (b 1873), John (b 1876) Marion (b 1880) and Maggie Dougall (b 1882).
His father, a flesher (or butcher), died at Glasgow on the 2nd July 1887. His mother remarried twice; firstly to Robert Craig in 1888 who died just twelve months later, and secondly to John Dickson in 1892.
At the time of the 1901 census William Dougall, aged 20, was a Sheet Iron Worker and was living with his mother and step-father, John Dickson, at 43 South Coburg Street, Glasgow.
William had moved to Bootle by 1905 when he married Elizabeth Catherine (nee King) at Our Lady & St.Nicholas' C.of E. Church, Liverpool. Their eldest daughter, Annie Gray Burns Dougall, was born at Bootle later the same year.
They had four more children, including; Mary Jane (b Scotland 1911), Robert W (b Bootle 1914) and Minnie (b 1916).
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 25th May 1917. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
   Pte. W. Dougall, K.L.R., who resided in Brookhill-road, Bootle, leaves a widow and five children to mourn the loss of a gallant man. He was in the service of Messrs. Braby, Litherland, as a tinsmith, when he joined up in August, 1916.

Bootle Times 25th May 1917

William's widow, Elizabeth, re-married later in 1917 to Tom Worrall at St.Andrew's C.of E. Church, Bootle.
She lived at 144 Brookhill Road, Bootle after the war.
Elizabeth lost her second husband in 1923 and married for the third time in 1941 to Percival Smith at St.Andrew's C.of E. Church, Bootle.