William Joseph Vance was the eldest son of Richard Thomas Vance and Jane ‘Jennie’ Vance. William was born about 1897 in Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. His father worked as a law clerk. Private William Joseph Vance was serving with the 699th Mechanised Transport Company in the Army Service Corps when he died on Wednesday 20th June 1917. He was 20 years old. 699 Company served in East Africa from 17 April 1916 until 1918. It was part of 29 Motor Ambulance Column PRO WO 95 The CWGC record Private Vance as the son of Richard and Jennie Vance, of Dungannon Rd., Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He was born at Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery is located on the right (eastern/coastal) side of Bagamoyo Road, which heads north-west along the coast from the centre of Dar-Es-Salaam and is clearly marked. It is about 5 kilometres from the city centre, and a roadside direction sign indicates the turn off for Bagamoyo Road into the lane leading to the cemetery.