William Edward Morris was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1889 and his birth was registered in the second quarter of that year. He was the son of Alfred Morris (1835-1914) and Jane (1847-?), both natives of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
William was one of nine children, his known siblings being: Herbert (b. 1872), Elizabeth (b. 1874), Alfred (b. 1877), Louisa Jane (b. 1879), Russie (b. 1880) and Rosina (b. 1882).
William would apparently live at 5 Marine Parade, Southampton all his life as per the 1891-1911 census returns. Prior to his birth and on the 1881 census, his family were living at 13 Marine Parade. His father would be described invariably on different census reports as a dock labourer or general labourer. On the 1911 census he was described as a messman in the merchant service. William's mother seemingly died sometime between 1891 and 1901. By the time of the 1911 census William was described as an unmarried seaman in the merchant service.
When William signed on to the Titanic¸ on 6 April 1912 in Southampton, he gave his address as 5 Marine Parade, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic. As a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5 10s.
Morris died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.