William was born on January 13 1922 in Saanichton British Columbia as the son of Donald Gunn (Scottish and deceased), and of Gwendoline Gunn (English), of Saanichton. His parents were married on December 11 1912 in Winnipeg.
His brothers were Thomas Alexander Carr and Donald Victor Gunn (overseas in the army too). And his brother John Robert Gunn was deceased at four.
He was a truck driver and member of the United Church. He played basketball, football and softball.
He enlisted on August 24 1942 in Victoria British Columbia and he went on July 3 1944 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on July 18 to France.
William was killed in action on Tuesday August 15 age 22 in the D Coy near Falaise and he was temporarily buried at 2 km’s East of Soulangy and reburied on May 17 1945 in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: WITH A CHEERY SMILE A WAVE OF THE HAND HE HAS WANDERED INTO AN UNKNOWN LAND
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.