William John McGill was born in Kilrea. William McGill lived at 11 Hopehill Road, Maryhill, Glasgow. Private William McGill was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was wounded at the Battle of Festubert. It is believed he was injured while trying to charge a machine-gun nest. Private William McGill died of his wounds at No 764 Field Ambulance on Wednesday 19th May 1915.
Bethune is a town 29 kilometres north of Arras. The cemetery can easily be found, from any point in Bethune, by following the French signs indicating 'CIMETIERE NORD'. More precisely, from the town centre, turn right in front of the Tribunal and second right at the bottom of the road down to the cul-de-sac where the cemetery will be found.