Will Makepiece was the son of Alfred and Ivy Makepiece. His family was the first to inhabit 11 Coronation Street after it was built in 1902. Will was born in 1904 and was the youngest son of the Makepieces.
Will was gentler than the rest of his family. He fell for Flo Chad and wrote a poem declaring his love for her but Flo didn't acknowledge him and eventually his attention was drawn elsewhere. While on a hike over the moors, Will met Iris Morgan who shared his interest in poetry. They fell in love and married at the Glad Tidings Mission Hall in 1926. After this they moved to Bury to help Iris's parents run a public house.