George William Smith (1884-1915)

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George William Smith

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SMITH, GEORGE WILLIAM. Private. No 5/1718. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Townend Row, Huddersfield, 18.3.1884. Son of Henry Smith, 46 Charles Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield. Educated Paddock Church of England School. Employed by the Huddersfield Corporation in the Electricity Department. Married, with two children. Had served in the Volunteers and the local Territorials for a period of 12 years. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Embarked for France in April, 1915. Killed by shellfire, 28.9.1915, aged 31 years. Buried NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, St. JEAN-LES-YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row B, Grave 19.
His wife received a letter from a comrade, Lance Corporal H. Foulkes, her husband's Section Commander, who wrote, 'He was killed almost instantly. I remained with him in the last moments and succoured him as a comrade should. You may take great consolation in the fact that his last thoughts and words were of his dear wife and little ones until God called to him. As his Section Commander I deeply regret the loss of your husband as he was a steady, reliable man whom everyone could get along with and I can assure you that the men both of the section and platoon will keenly feel the loss of such a good comrade. You may take consolation also in the fact that he died a soldier's death, facing the foe and bore himself splendidly throughout the great crisis.'
ROH:- St. Barnabas's Church, Crosland Moor; Huddersfield Drill Hall; Huddersfield Corporation Roll.
Brother of Private EDGAR SMITH, killed in action, 29.4.1917.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission