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Arthur SMITH (2)

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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): Arthur

Place of Birth: Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire

Service No: 10604

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 5th Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1914-08-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. B. 8.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Arthur Smith was the son of William Laycock and Alice Smith, née Overend. William was born at Morton, near Bingley and Alice at Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire. William and Alice’s daughter, Margaret Ann, who married John Dawson in 1911, lost a son in the Second World War. He was Sergeant John William Dawson, 941538, 218 (Gold Coast) Sqdn. R.A.F. (V. R.). 1 October 1942, age 29 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial; he was married to Hilda Harrison in 1937.

1891 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 12, Otley Street - Arthur Smith, aged 2 years, born Sutton, Yorkshire, son of Willm Lay. [sic] and Alice Smith.

1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: Wellhead - Arthur Smith, aged 12 years, born Sutton, Yorkshire, son of William and Alice Smith.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 8, Cobden Street, Worth Village - Arthur Smith, aged 22 years, born Sutton, Yorkshire, son of William and Alice Smith.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Private Arthur Smith, 10604, 2nd Bn W. Rid. Regt. Theatre of war first served in: ( - ) [France]. Date of entry therein: 14.8.14. K. in A. 24.8.14. Correspondence: Mr. W. Smith applies for 1914 Star on behalf of the late Pte Arthur Smith 2/W. Rid. R., 26.12.17. Address 39, Longcroft, Keighley, Yorkshire. O/i.c. Records, York, requests instructions to dispose of medals 19.2.21.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Arthur Smith, 10604, 2nd Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 24.8.14. Wasmes, France. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Born Sutton, Yorks. 20.8.13. Machine Moulder. If no Will, Next of Kin as stated by Regiment: Father - William. Mother - Alice. Sister - M.A. [Margaret Ann]. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William. £5 15s. 11d. War Gratuity: Father and Mother Joint Legatees - William and Alice. £5 0s. 0d.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

SMITH, Arthur, [Steeton], aged 25, 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, killed at Mons.


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): Arthur


Residence: Keighley, Yorks

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 10604

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 24/08/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): A

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 10604

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 25


Died Date: 24/08/1914

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, of 51, Robert St., Laycock, Keighley, Yorks.



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02 October 1914


Mr. and Mrs. Smith, of Bridge Street, Steeton, received on Tuesday last the sad news of the death of their son, Private Arthur Smith, of the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. So far as can be gathered Pte. Smith was killed in the fighting near Mons in August, but beyond the fact of his death, no further information is forthcoming. The deceased soldier was formerly in the Militia and he joined the West Ridings about 12 months ago. He was 25 years of age and of fine physique.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

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13 November 1914


Up to date there are now 30 Steeton men who are either serving as regulars, Kitchener’s men or Territorials, who have all volunteered for foreign service. This is considered a fairly good percentage for so small a village, but more men are wanted, and no doubt more will respond to the urgent appeal of Lord Kitchener. The roll of honour is as follows:–

Officers: Charles M. Bateman, Sam H. Clough, Hugh Dixon, Will Clough.

Privates: James Anderson, Willie Barber, John Brooksbank, Colin Casson, Wm. Coppack, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, Fred Greenwood (wounded but returned to his regiment), Tom Roberts, Wesley Shone, William Wademan, John Wilson, Alfred Metcalfe, John Peake, William Naylor, Herbert Pickles, Arthur Lee (wounded), James O’Hara, Harry J. Mason. Robert Anderson, Willie Brayshaw, Harold Brooksbank, Spencer Cliffe, Wm. Dove, Tom Fitzsimons, Edgar Geldard (wounded), Tom Moyle, George Stott, Cyril Race, Wm. Henry Teale, John W. Wardman, Archie Metcalfe, Arthur Smith (killed in action), James Walker, Fred Haggas, Cuthbert L. Clarke, Frank Jones, Christopher Walton, Thos. Hinkley, Joseph Jackson (wounded), Thomas Robson, Alfred Taylor, Frank Taylor, Harry Sayers, James Jackson, Clifford Cockshott.

24 December 1915


Pte. Arthur Smith, 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, killed at Mons. Twenty-five years of age. Parents reside at Steeton.

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