According to his attestation papers dated February 8, 1916 at Mimico William Charles Hockney, Heman Street, Mimico was born on February 2, 1885 in London, England. He listed his wife Louisa May Hockney, Heman Street Mimico as his next of kin. He was a carpenter and had previous military experience with the 4th V.B. Essex Regiment. He was also a current member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 31 years old and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he was boarding at the home of Joseph Holloway on the north side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living on the south side of Heman Street, Mimico.