William Arthur Kimmence was the son of a police officer and was born in north London. Prior to the war William worked for the Chelmsford engineers Christy & Norris. He joined in army and served in the Italian campaign. He was killed there in November 1943. His parents lived in Vicarage Road, Chelmsford.

William was born in north London on 27th September 1922, the second son of the police officer John Kimmence (1884-1967) and Lily Kimmence (nee Dorrell) (1885-1972). His parents had married at St. Paul's Church, Canonbury, Middlesex on 26th February 1911.

William's siblings are thought to have included Lilian Emma Kimmence (1911-1993), John C. Kimmence (born in 1912), Doris L. Kimmence (born in 1915), Frederick G. Kimmence (1917-1936), Emma Kimmence (born in 1919), Elsie R. Kimmence (1920-1921), Leonard P. Kimmence (born in 1926), and Donald A. Kimmence (1931-1932).

William Arthur KIMMENCE, Private, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment

Killed in action in Italy. Aged 21

Prior to joining the army William worked for the Chelmsford engineers Messrs Christy & Norris. During the war he served as Private 6031981 in the 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. He was killed, aged 21, in Italy on 23rd November 1943. At the time his parents were living at 106 Vicarage Road in Chelmsford.

Today William lies in grave XVII. D. 12. in the Sangro River War Cemetery.

His Chelmsford comrade, Valentine Henry Rose, also died the same day while serving with the 5th Battalion of the Essex Regiment and also lies in the Sangro River War Cemetery.