William Ableson was born in 1887 and joined the School on 1 May 1900. Whilst at School, William played in the Football XI and was known as a very useful player ‘who could keep the ball on the ground although his fancy heel kick should not be attempted by others’.
He left School in April 1903.
Later, William joined the Kings Royal Rifles Corps and served as a Lance Corporal in the 16th Battalion during World War I.
William died on active service towards the end of the war on 12 October 1918, aged 31, and is buried in Montay, France. William left a son, James William Ableson.
There is a memorial window to William in St Nicholas' Church, Guisborough and his name is recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.