William Rivers was born in Portsea, Hampshire and died in Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich on 5 Dec 1856. He served in the Royal Navy.
Sons who served as naval officers: William Thomas Rivers
Entered Navy (1795)
As Midshipman on Victory, 100 (Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy), he took part in the Battle of Trafalgar (21 Oct 1805). Lost three teeth due to a splinter hitting his head and lost his left leg after it was hit by a shot.
Pension for Wounds/Disabilities (loss of limb) of £91 5s (4 Apr 1816).
Warden - Woolwich Dockyard (Nov 1824Apr 1826)
Lieutenant of Greenwich Hospital (28 Apr 1826)