William McMurdo Cherrie was born on 22 August 1893 at Braehead, Blantyre Parish, to James and Julia (Paton) Cherrie. He was the youngest of two children. In 1901 the family lived in the village of Muirhall and in 1911 they lived at 55 Hunthill Road in High Blantyre. William worked as an above ground laborer for a colliery.
On 27 September 1924 William married Mary Findlay by declaration in Glasgow. William worked as a colliery wagoner and lived with his parents at 55 Hunthill Road. Mary lived with her father in East Kilbride. The couple had two known children, James and Charles Findlay Cherrie. James was born a month after his parents married.
On 5 March 1939 William hung himself. He and Mary lived at 50 Glebe Street in East Kilbride. He was last seen alive at 10:00 a.m. and found dead at 1:00 p.m. His wife never remarried and was left to raise their boys -- 15 and 13 years old at the time of their father's suicide.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Cherrie, William (Census 1901 624/00 003/01 047)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED: 3; Page: 47; Line: 16; Roll: CSSCT1901_245
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Cherrie, William (Census 1911 624/00 004/00 029)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1893 Cherrie, William McMurdo (Statutory Births 624/00 0400)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1924 Cherrie, William McMurdo - Findlay Mary (Statutory Marriages 644/10 1715)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1939 Cherrie, William McMurdo (Statutory Deaths 643/00 0017)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1939 Cherrie, William McMurdo (Statutory Deaths 643/00 0017) (RCE)