Born: January 28, 1842, Leicester, England.
Died: December 21, 1926, Cardiff, Wales.
Buried: Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales.
Son of J. F. Winks, William was educated at Chilwell College, Nottingham.
He entered the Baptist ministry in 1865, and pastored in Allerton, West Yorkshire; Wisbech, Cambridgeshire; and Bethany Baptist Church, Cardiff (1906–14).