1881 Feb 17. Born St Pancras, London
1881 census at 12 Lower Arthur St , Hackney
Family word says that William was possibly orphaned or abandoned at an early age and was taken to Southend in a "boat for orphans". Presumably to a Southend orphanage.
1898 Nov 4. Enlisted in Middlesex Militia. He was a Porter of 16 Sheldon St. London. He went on to serve as a Sgt in Militia in South Africa. Unit: 5 The Duke Of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) Battalion, Rank: Sergeant, Number: 792
1902 Nov 7. Enlisted in Middlesex Regt
1904 Nov 8. Married Mary Teresa Joyce in Dublin
1911 census his wife is at Maida Barracks Part Area 8), Stanhope Lines, Aldershot
1917 Jun 27. The undermentioned Wt. and N.C.O.s to be 2nd Lts - Midd'x. R. — Co. Serjt.-Maj. William Cheeseman.
1917 Nov 4. Evacuated to UK. Wounded by gas shell. He is living at Station Villas, Mill Hill.
1919 Jan 19. Midd'x JR. — 2nd Lt. W. Cheeseman retires, receiving a gratuity. £1500
1920 Sep 22 Two months in prison for living off immoral earnings
1920 Nov 24 Joined ADRIC with service no 1102. Posted to K Coy
1921 Mar 19 Posted to H Coy
1921 May 12. Posted to R Coy and promoted Section Leader
1922 Jan 17. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1937 His son marries and his profession is Master Decorator
1939 Register he is a Decorator living with his wife Marie T at 20 Brookfield Avenue , Hendon M.B., Middlesex,
1961 Oct/Dec Died Hendon, M'sex