William Francis Bice was the son of William Archer Bice and Matilda Isabel (nee Hickman) of 158 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport.  
 
He was born at Roehampton, Middlesex in 1896 but his three siblings were born in the Huelva region of Spain; Margarita Isabel (b 1898), Ethel May (b 1899) and Charles Sidney (b 1905).
 
Their parents were married at St.Matthias' C.of E. Church, Richmond on the 28th April 1894. Their father was a commercial agent and gave his address as Huelva, Spain on his marriage certificate. He was born at Falmouth, Cornwall and their mother was born at London.
 
At the time of the 1911 census William Francis and his two sisters were at school in the Liverpool area. Margaret Isabel and Ethel May were boarders at Liverpool College, Huyton and William was boarding with the Potter family at Knowsley Park, Prescot. His host's son, William Wickford Potter, was a former pupil at Liverpool College and also fell in the war.
 
William Francis Bice was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme.
 
His medal card lists his next of kin as his father of 45 Priestnall Road, Heaton Mersey, Manchester.
 
William's sister, Margaret Isabel, died at Stockport earlier in 1916, aged seventeen. 
 
His family were still living at 158 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor when his mother died in 1944.
 
Passenger lists show his father continued to travel to and from Spain throughout the 1920s. He died at Heaton Norris in 1951.
 
His surviving sister, Ethel May, never married. She and her brother Charles died at Stockport within weeks of one another in 1978.