William Smith

William Smith
Rank:  Private
Service No: 3168
Date of Death: 25/9/1915
Theatre of Death: F&F
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry (B Coy 9th (Glasgow Hds.)Bn)
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy
Additional information: Son of John and Marion Smith of 175 Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen. Native of Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire.

Soldier’s Effects information: Father John and brother James Smith
1891 census information:
Address: Kirkmuirhill
Father: John (31) bricklayer , born about 1860 in England.
Mother: Marion (32) born about 1859 in Lesmahagow.
Brother: David (7) born about 1884 in Lesmahagow.
Brother: James M  (5) born about 1886 in Lesmahagow.
Self: William (3) born about 1888 in Lesmahagow.
Brother: John M  (1) born about 1890 in Lesmahagow.
1911 census information:
The family are living in Rutherglen. The family comprises John 51, Marion 52, William 23, Thomas 18 and Claude 15.

Daily Record 30/9/1915

Newspaper transcript – Glasgow Highlander Killed. Private William Smith, of the Glasgow Highlanders, has been killed in France. The deceased lived with his parents at Birkwood House, 175 Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen. His brother James, who is also in the Glasgow Highlanders, and who attended the burial, arrived home on leave yesterday, and was the first to convey the sad news to his father and mother.
Private Smith formed one of a patrol part, and as they were approaching near the enemy trenches the Germans opened fire with a machine gun, killing three. The deceased had three bullet wounds in the lung. He was one of the most popular men in his battalion.

Evening Times 1/10/1915

Newspaper transcript – Private William Smith, Glasgow Highlanders, has been killed in France. He resided with his parents at Birkwood House, 175 Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen

Also commemorated on the memorial at East Parish Church, Rutherglen and  on the family headstone in Rutherglen Cemetery.