Back in January 2010, whilst I was jogging down the road to Musselburgh, I stopped briefly to speak to a friendly old chap with a backpack who asked me for directions. His told me his name was William Cockfield, and you can read my original post here. He told me that despite having only 18 pence, he was intending to walk the length of the country. He seemed fit, warmly dressed and clean.
My blog entry of January 21, 2010 was picked up by various people who posted a number of updates about William over the years. From these I can tell that he made it to Cornwall, and then Cheshire, Liverpool and Essex, so it seems he kept walking for a long time. Later on, he was briefly in Basildon Hospital, and then a care home.
I was very pleased that so many people posted update comments on my original blog post, which they must have found by googling ‘William Cockfield’. Each of them seems to have appreciated that William was quite a character.
William ended up in one of the Regal Care Homes. The manager of the care home contacted me on Monday to say that William had passed away peacefully in his sleep that morning. She continued, “I am sure he is now lacing up his hiking boots ready for his next journey R.I.P. Will, we will miss you!!”