William Henry Linge was born at Kirkdale on the 7th July 1875. He was one of the twelve children of Charles Linge and Caroline (nee Kelsey). His parents were borh bon in Suffolk.
 
In 1900 William Henry married Ellen Greenwood at St.Mary's C.of E. Church, Kirkdale. At the time of the 1901 census the young couple were living at 19 Phelps Street, Litherland and William was working as a dock labourer.
 
They went on to have seven children; Ada Jane (b 1901), William Joseph b&d 1902), James (b 1903), Ellen Linge (b 1905), William Henry (b 1908), (Alice b 1910) and Joseph (b 1913).
 
The Linge family had moved to 17 Abbott Street, Everton by 1911 and this was still their address after the war.
 
William's service records have survived but are very faint due to water damage. They show he was 5ft 4 inches tall and was employed as a seaman by the White Star Line.
 
He first enlisted with the 4th Volunteer Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment on the 11 May 1897 and was a member of the battalion until the 1st November 1906.
 
He re-enlisted on the 7th May 1908 with the 7th (Territorial) Battalion K.L.R. and went to camp with them each year.
 
He was mobilised on the outbreak of war and was posted to France with his battalion on the 7th March 1915
 
He was killed at the Battle of Festubert on the 16th May 1915.
 
His widow received a pension of 29s per week for herself and he six surviving children with effect from 6th December 1915.
 
She also received his personal effects, namely: 1 Identity Disc, 1 Pen-Knife, 1 Coin, 1 Belt.
 
A report on William Linge's death appeared in the Evening Express on the 5th June 1915. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
PIONEER AND HIS DOG.
   The many friends of Pioneer W.H. Linge, of the Seventh King's, will regret to learn that he was killed in France. Readers of the "Express" may recall that some weeks ago there appeared the story of a dog which followed the Seventh Liverpools to France, together with a picture showing a soldier standing beside the animal. The dog was the mascot of the Seventh King's, and was picked up at Sevenoaks. He was chased off the ship at Southampton, but returned, and crossed to France with the battalion in charge of Pioneer Linge, and it spent days and nights in the trenches, during which time the animal had the tip of its tail shot off by shrapnel. Pioneer Linge, who was a soldier with 19 years' service, was one of the most popular men in the regiment, and was known as "Flop," a name which was also given to the dog. He resided at 17, Abbott-street, Everton, with his wife and six young children, and worked as shipman at the White Star Line, where he was much respected by his mates.

Evening Express 5th June 1915

 
A photo of William Linge and Flop the Dog appeared in the Bootle Times and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo. A further report on Flop the Dog appeared in the Evening Express on the 14th June 1915.
 
SEVENTH'S MASCOT.
The Dog "Flop" Still Alive and Well.
   Private R. Jones, of the Transport Section, 7th King's (Liverpool Regiment), in the course of a letter to the "Express," refers to the fact that the Seventh's mascot, the dog "Flop," which followed the regiment to France from Sevenoaks, and whose guardian, Pioneer W.H. Ling, was killed in action during May, is still alive. Private R. Jones writes:-
   "I received the 'Express,' which is always welcome amongst the Liverpool boys out here. The  'Express' dates June 5th had one of our battalion's pioneer's photo in it, and mentioned about his dog. Well, we transport men have had Pioneer W.H. Ling's dog since he was killed, and we take a great pride in it for the sake of the man it belonged to. It is well looked after by all the section, and if he say to it, "Here, Flop, Allerman" - which means a German - he barks and goes nearly mad. It shows you what instinct a dog has. I hope you will put this bit of news in your ever welcome paper, so that Liverpool readers can see what care we take of our hero's dog. We transports at present are camping in an orchard, with cherries and pears all around us, but it's just our luck - they are not in season."

Evening Express 14th June 1915