Mr William Hedley was born at 6 Fallon’s Court in Belfast, Ireland on 4 December 1867. Born into a Presbyterian family, he was the son of William Hedley, a shipwright, and Isabella Ormsby.
Described as a shipwright and giving his address as 42 Bryson Street, Hedley was married in Mountpottinger Parish Church in east Belfast on 8 June 1891 to Ellen McIlroy (b. circa 1870). The couple had six children: Sarah Ann (b. 1891), Isabella (b. 1894), Margaret (b. 1896), William (b. 1899), Ellen (b. 1901) and Ellen (b. 1909). The firstborn Ellen died in May 1902 aged 6 months from pneumonia and was buried in Belfast’s City Cemetery. The remainder of the family appears on the 1911 census as residents of 40 Fraser Street in east Belfast.
Hedley’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Lord Iveagh. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
William Hedley spent the remainder of his life in Belfast, lastly at 43 Fraser Street in that city, Widowed in 1933, Hedley died on 9 July 1940 at the age of 72. He is buried with his wife in Dundonald Cemetery (plot A2 124).