According to his attestation papers dated May 15, 1916 at Toronto, William Jepson of Symons Street, Mimico, Ontario was born on March 30, 1899 at Blackburn, England. He listed his mother Ada Jepson, Symons Street, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a carpet weaver and had no previous military experience. He was 17 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 10 3/4 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
His father John also enlisted.
According to the 1921 Toronto City directory there was a John Jepson, carman with the Grand Trunk Railway living on the south side of Symons Street.