Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
William Page was born in Dunfermline, Fife on 10 October 1882. He was the son of Francis and Ellen Bower Page of Crieff, Perthshire. He trained as a boilermaker and joined the Royal Navy on 5 November 1903 as an Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class at HMS FIREQUEEN in Portsmouth signing on for a twelve year continuous service engagement. His first ship was the battleship HMS MARS where he was confirmed as an ERA 4th Class on 3 December 1904. Further service in the scout cruiser HMS FORWARD saw him rated ERA 3rd Class on 2 February 1907. He was drafted to the Channel Fleet repair ship HMS ASSISTANCE in September 1908 where he stayed until 1910.
In October 1910 he joined the submarine depot ship HMS MERCURY where he was rated ERA 2nd Class on 13 November of that year. Further drafts to HMS DOLPHIN and to submarine depot ships ARROGANT, HEBE, VULCAN, ALECTO , ADAMANT and MAIDSTONE were followed by his joining HMS E10 on 25 February 1914. HMS E10 was mined off Heligoland on or about 18 January 1915 and lost with all hands.
William Page married his wife Margaret on 12 January 1912 and lived at Crieff, Perthshire. He had two daughters, Williamina and Margaret.
He is commemorated on Panel 8 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.