Smith, William

Dates: c 1881 - 1919

War Service: William Smith served as a Private with the Royal Army Service Corps and his service number was T/425024. He was discharged on 8th May 1919 at Edinburgh as being medically unfit for service due to defective vision. He died on 2nd December 1919 aged 48.

Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: William Smith was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire to John and Elizabeth Smith (nee McDonald). John Smith had worked as a paper hanger.

William married Florence Goss on the 8th October 1907 in South Leith. They had five children; William James born 4 February 1907 at Greenwich, Jane Ada born 23 January 1909 at Leith, Margaret Hughes and Ada Louisa born 23rd September 1912 in Edinburgh, Stephen Douglas born 25th August 1914 in Edinburgh. Stephen Douglas Smith aged 8 months died of pneumonia on 4th May 1915 at 58a Church Street, Deptford.

He enlisted on 29th August 1914 at Woolwich. He had previously served 12 years with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and his service number was 7604. At the time of his enlistment he was described as being 5ft 2 ½ inches tall and weighing 145lbs with blue eyes and brown hair.

At the time of his death Florence Smith lived at 59 Berthon Street, Deptford.


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