William Dinnage was the eldest son of Henry Dinnage, a boot repairer with a shop on Heath Hill, Dene Street.
Educated at the Dorking British School, he worked all his life in the offices of Taylor and Brooke’s timber yard near Dorking Station. He was connected with the Society of Friends through his wife Mary Williams. They lived in the caretakers cottage at the Friends Meeting House on Butter Hill for fifty years. When almost eighty he retired to “Woodgate”, South Terrace, Dorking and at the age of ninety moved to Worthing when he could no longer manage to climb the hill. He died at the age of 93; described in his obituary as the “Grand Old Man of Dorking”.