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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian,
courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
William Henry Smith of Creswell married Maria Stokes from Worksop in 1893. By 1901, William was working as a bricklayer and with 3 children, Mabel born 1896, William Henry born 1898 and Percy 1900, were resident at 43 Sandy Lane, Worksop. 10 years passed and William senior was now the foreman brick layer, they had moved a few doors up in Sandy Lane and had 3 more children, Lilian 1902, Cedric 1908 and Zilpah Helen born 1910. William Henry junior, at the young age of 13, was recorded as an apprentice brick layer. It was only 3 years later when he managed to enlist in the army at Worksop.
01 Jul 1916
18
813377 - CWGC Website
19966
Private
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Corpl. William Henry Smith Worksop Guardian 3 November 1916 In our issue for August 11th we reproduced a photograph of Lance-Corpl. William Henry Smith, 11th Sherwood Foresters, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H.Smith, 426, Gateford Road, Worksop, who had been reported “missing” since the heavy fighting on July 1st. It was hoped that the publication of his photograph would lead to some information being forthcoming to hand, hopes grew fainter and now have been altogether extinguished by the official intimation from the War Office that Lance, Corpl, Smith was killed in action on July 1st. The letter was accompanied by the message of sympathy from the King and Queen. Lance Corpl. Smith was one of the youngest of Worksop’s soldier sons. A tall fine lad, he looked older than his years, and thus had no difficulty in enlisting, which he did in September, 1914, when just 16 and a half years old. He went to France early on and was invalided home with frost-bite. Recovering, he returned to the Front in February last, and since that time to the day when he fell fighting bravely he was hard at it, seeing more of the war than do most men many years his senior. He was thus only 18 years and five months when he died. He was a brave lad, of undoubted courage, and a fine example to the young manhood of Britain. He was one of the Hero’s of whom Worksop should be proud. His parents, whose eldest boy he was, have the sympathy of the people in their bereavement
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian,
courtesy of Robert Illett
    William Henry Smith - Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian, courtesy of Robert Illett