William du Vivier was a flax merchant. He appears to have spent most of World War One living in England (he had probably originally moved there for business reasons). He joined the London Electrical Engineers’ Regiment of the Territorial Force in 1916, but didn’t rise above the rank of sapper and was discharged due to poor health after only a few months’ service. He had a severe rheumatic condition, a poor heart and a nervous disposition, all of which had also caused him to give up lawn tennis just before the start of the war. William du Vivier nevertheless lived until the age of 82, dying in his native Belgium in May 1963.
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