William Wright was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on December 28th, 1864 and later baptized on January 29th, 1865 in St Thomas' Church, Toxteth.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on April 4th, 1912; he gave his address as 9 Emsworth Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a glory hole steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.

Wright was rescued in lifeboat 13.