Wilfred Smith (c.1878-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

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, WILFRED. Private. No 300136. 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Married, with 3 children. Lived 15 Church Street, Golcar. Employed as a weaver by Messrs Joseph Hoyle and Sons, Prospect Mills, Longwood. Was a member of the Golcar Socialist Club. Attended Parkwood United Methodist Church. Enlisted September 1916. After three months training embarked for France on New Years Day, 1917. Came home on leave at the beginning of 1918. Died of wounds, 18.3.1918, 39. Buried POLYGON WOOD CEMETERY. Grave location:- Row H, Grave 12.
His wife received a letter from his Captain, who wrote, 'that about 3.15pm on the 18th inst. Private Smith was severely wounded and died shortly afterwards. He was quite conscious all the time and spoke continually of you and the kiddies. All the Company join in expressing their deep sympathy with you. Words cannot describe your husband's courage after he was wounded.'
ROH:- Parkwood Methodist Church.

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