It is believed William Semple was born in Magherafelt. William served as a Private with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for a time (No 1420). Stoker William Semple was serving with the Royal Navy on board the light cruiser HMS Juno when he died of illness at Aden on 8th November 1918, just three days before the Armistice. Stoker William Semple is buried in Suez War Memorial Cemetery.
Suez War Memorial Cemetery is situated on the western outskirts of Suez, about 7 kilometres from the centre. Starting from the Cairo/Suez road which takes you straight from Cairo to Suez.:- At the end of this road you will arrive at a roundabout/T Junction where there are signs in English saying that Suez is around to the LEFT. Follow the road to the left and continue until you arrive at a traffic light, here you must wait and turn LEFT. Follow this road for several hundred metres until you see a large communications pylon to your right. Turn right BEFORE the pylon. Follow this road until you see the CWGC signs for the African & Indian Cemetery to your right and Suez War Memorial Cemetery to your left.