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Percy Edgar SMITH

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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): Percy Edgar

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 307540

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/7th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1918-03-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. A. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Percy Edgar Smith (born 12 August 1888) was the son of Aaron and Sarah Ann Smith, née Maltby. Both of Percy's parents were born at Keighley, Yorkshire.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 15, Canal Street - Piercy [sic] Smith, aged 1 year, born Skipton, son of Aaron and Sarah A. Smith.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 1, East Castle Street - Percy E. Smith, aged 11 years, born Skipton, son of Aaron and Sarah A. Smith.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 35, Moor View, Brougham Street - Percy Edgar Smith, aged 21 years, born England, son of Aaron and Sarah Ann Smith.

Percy was married to Lily Gallagher in 1911 and was the brother-in-law of L/Corporal Fred Gallagher (2413) (q.v.).

The British Army Pension Record for Percy Edgar Smith exists but may be incomplete. (Percy was a pre-war member of the Territorial Force: Regimental Number 80).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Percy E. Smith, 307540, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 16.3.18.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

SMITH, Percy Edgar, aged 28, West Riding Regiment, of Newmarket Street, Skipton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Smith, Brougham Street, killed in action Mar.14, 1918.

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Private Percy Edgar SMITH

Private Percy Edgar SMITH

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): Percy Edgar

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence: Skipton

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 307540

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/7th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 16/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: SMITH

Forename(s): Percy Edgar

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 307540

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/7th Bn.

Age: 28

Awards:

Died Date: 15/03/1918

Additional Information: Husband of Lily Smith, of 20, Sheep St., Skipton, Yorks.

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22 March 1918

ANOTHER SKIPTON TERRITORIAL FALLS

We regret to hear that Mrs. Smith, confectioner, Newmarket Street, Skipton, has received information that her husband, Private Percy Edgar Smith, West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on March 14th. In a letter to Mrs. Smith, Private E. M. Smith (deceased’s brother) stated that her husband was killed by an enemy shell whilst sitting in his dugout, and that he had verified the information by enquiry at headquarters and was attending the funeral. The writer added:– “He has died for King and Country and a good cause. He was, I can safely say, a good soldier.”

The sad news is confirmed in a letter to Mrs. Smith from another brother, Private R. S. Smith, who adds:– “He has done his duty for freedom and those he left at home.”

Deceased, who was interred near to another Skipton soldier named Riley, of Russell Street, was 28 years of age, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Smith, of Brougham Street, Skipton. Mobilised with the local Territorials at the outbreak of war, he went to France in October 1916. His time expired at Christmas last year, but after a month’s leave at home he returned to the Front in January last. Prior to the war he was a turner in the employ of Messrs. Marsden and Naylor, Skipton, and was a member of the Cononley Association Football Club.

14 March 1919

SMITH – In loving memory of Private Percy Edgar Smith, killed in action March 14th, 1918.

When nights are long and friends are few,
Dearest how I long for you;
Oh, Lord, Thy purpose I cannot see;
But all is well that’s done by Thee.

From his sorrowing Wife and Child, 20 Sheep Street, Skipton.

12 March 1920

SMITH – In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Private Percy Edgar Smith, killed in action March 14th, 1918, aged 28 years.

Today recalls sad memories
Of a dear one gone to rest;
And those who think of him today
Are those that loved him best.

From his sorrowing Wife and Son, of 20 Sheep Street, Skipton.

18 March 1921

SMITH – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Percy E. Smith, killed March 14th, 1918.

However long my life may last,
Whatever land I view,
Whatever pain or grief I have
Till death I think of you.

From his loving Wife and Child, 20 Sheep Street, Skipton.

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22 March 1918

SMITH – Killed in action March 14th, Pte. Percy Edgar Smith, of the West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Smith, confectioner, Newmarket Street, Skipton, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaran Smith, of Brougham Street, Skipton, aged 28.

22 March 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Private Percy E. Smith Killed

Pte. Percy Edgar Smith, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Smith, confectioner, Newmarket Street, Skipton, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaran Smith, of Brougham Street, Skipton, was killed in action on March 14th. Pte. E. M. Smith, brother of the deceased, in a letter to Mrs. Smith, states:– “1 am sorry to say that your husband was killed on March 14th by a German shell whist sitting in his dugout. I could have dropped when 1 was told. I went right away to their battalion headquarters to see if it was correct, and to my sorrow I found it was so. I also saw him, and I am going to his funeral today. He has died for King and country and a good cause, and also I can safely say he was a good soldier. He walked four miles to see me about a week ago, and he had tea at our billet.” Another brother, Pte. S. Smith, has also written confirming his death, and added that he had done his duty for the freedom of those he had left at home. The deceased soldier’s brothers have also written to their parents, one of them stating that Percy had been buried next to another Skipton lad named Riley, who resided in Russell Street. Pte. Smith, who was 28 years of age, had for eight years prior to the war served in the local Territorials, and was mobilised on the outbreak of hostilities. He went to France in October, 1916. His time expired about Christmas last year, but after a month’s leave at home be returned to France in January last. He was formerly employed as a turner by Messrs. Marsden and Naylor, Skipton, and was also a member of the Cononley Association Football Club.

26 April 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Skipton Soldiers Wounded

Pte. Robert S. Smith, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Smith, of 35, Brougham Street, Skipton, was shot through the left foot on April 11th. Pte. Smith, who is 23 years of age, was formerly employed by Messrs. Dixon, Firth Shed, Skipton. Another brother, Pte. Percy Smith, was killed on March 14th, while another brother, Pte. E. Smith, is at present serving in France.

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