BORN HULL 1892. MARRIED 03/07/1915. HIS WIFE, ALICE MAY SYLVESTER (1893-1966) AND DAUGHTER, MURIEL, LIVED AT 6 MYRTLE GROVE, SOMERSET STREET, HULL (CWGC NAVAL ADDRESS).
SON OF SAMUEL HENRY FOOT (1855-1926) & “NELLIE” – ELIZABETH ELLEN COLLINS (1862-1942), OF 23 RUGBY STREET, HESSLE ROAD, HULL (1911 CENSUS). HIS SISTER MRS HALL LIVED AT DEE STREET, HESSLE ROAD, HULL. A FISHERMAN BY TRADE. WILLAM FOOTE, SERVED IN THE MERCHANT NAVY, AS A DECK HAND ON HULL STEAM TRAWLER “WINDWARD HO”. HE WAS LOST AT SEA, ON 09/05/1917, AGED 25., WHEN THE SHIP WAS MINED. HE IS COMMEMORATED ON THE TOWER HILL NAVAL MEMORIAL, LONDON. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL ON THE 31ST MAY 1917 WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. *
The fishing vessel, WINDWARD HO (H 692) was a British registered steam trawler of 226grt. On the 9th May 1917, when 3 miles S from Peterhead, she was mined and sunk by German submarine UC-40 (Alfred Arnold). 8 lives lost including Skipper.
CREW LOST ON WINDWARD HO (H692),
BURNHAM, George (45), 31 Rosamond St, Hull. Cook
EDDOM, George (46), Penlee House, Eton St, Hull. Skipper
FOOT, William (25), 7 Myrtle-Grove, Somerset St, Hull. Sparehand
MATSON, William (21), 81 Witty St, Hull. Trimmer
STONES, Albert (27), 58 Haltemprice St, Hull. 2nd/Engineer
WATTS, William (45), 1 Robinson-Place, Princes St, Hull. Sparehand
WILSON, William (37), 9 Windsor-Ter, Harrow St, Hull. Bosun
WRIGHT, Joseph (43), 8 Subway St, Hull. Chief Engineer