William Hampson Lillie was born in Wimbledon, Surrey on October 9, 1888. His father, William, had a Cotton Cloth Finishing business.
William Hampson Lillie attended boarding school at Adlington Hall, in Cheshire. At the turn of the century Adlington Hall was briefly a “School for Backward and Delicate Boys” and in 1901 it was run by schoolmaster Reverend Oswald E. Hayden, a vicar’s son, and a fresh Oxford Christ Church graduate. Only five pupils are listed as boarders in the 1901 census.
By 1911 he was back with his parents in Marple and working as an assistant cloth finisher in the family business. He was commissioned into the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment on September 2, 1914 while the Battalion was at camp at Bury preparing for war service.
He sailed with the Battalion to Egypt in September 1914 and served with them there throughout their training and preparation for action. He was promoted to Lieutenant, along with several other junior officers, on November 4, 1914 while serving in Egypt. He landed with the 1/9th in Gallipoli on May 9, 1915 as a platoon commander in C Company.
He survived the intense fighting that C Company in particular was involved in, in June, and was subsequently transferred to Brigade Staff and is noted in the Brigade war diary as returning from detail camp at Mudros in November 1915.
He served with the 1/9th in France and was appointed temporary Captain during a Company reorganization in March 1917 relinquishing the temporary rank in August 1917.
He retired from the Territorial Force as a Captain and on March 27, 1920 he married Mary Ida Ruston Fitter in Warwickshire. Their son Kenneth C. Lillie was born the following year and a daughter, Ida S. Lillie, was born in 1922. At this time they were living in Hazel Grove, Stockport and William had taken over the family business.
Captain William Hampson Lillie died in 1972. He was 83 years old.