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William Sutton SMEETH

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Surname: SMEETH

Forename(s): William Sutton

Place of Birth: Ben Rhydding, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: T/2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Flying Corps

Battalion / Unit: ---

Division: ---

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1917-07-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: South-West corner of East part.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

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William Sutton Smeeth (born 16 April 1895) was the son of Thomas James Watson and Mary Jane Rhodes Smeeth, née Holton. Thomas was born at Bilston, Staffordshire and Mary at Morley, Yorkshire.

1901 Ilkley, Yorkshire Census: The Sycamores - Wm. S. Smeeth, aged 5 years, born Ben Rhydding, Yorkshire, son of Thomas J.W. and Mary Jane R. Smeeth.

William served on the Western Front and was wounded. He was killed in a flying accident at Narborough, Norfolk.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Wm Sutton Smeeth, 16th Middlesex Regiment & 2/Lieut Royal Irish Rifles & Royal Flying Corps. Theatre of War first served in: France. Date of entry therein: 1916. Correspondence: T.J.W. Smeeth Esq (Father), The Sycamores, Ben Rhydding, Yorkshire.

Photograph: 'Yorkshire Rugby Football Union – In Memoriam 1914-19'.

Data Source: West Yorkshire Pioneer Article


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T/2nd Lieutenant William Sutton SMEETH

T/2nd Lieutenant William Sutton SMEETH

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Flying Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Flying Corps

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Surname: SMEETH

Forename(s): William Sutton





Rank: 2/Lt (Tp)

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 17/07/17

Died How: Killed

Theatre of War:

Notes: (And R F C)

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Surname: SMEETH

Forename(s): William Sutton

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Irish Rifles


Age: 22


Died Date: 17/07/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Watson Smeeth, of Ben Rhydding, Ilkley.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


SMEETH William Sutton of The Sycamores Ben Rhydding Yorkshire died 17 July 1917 at Narborough Norfolk Administration London 1 September to Thomas James Watson Smeeth metal broker. Effects £937 6s.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1918, © John Wisden & Co

2ND LT WILLIAM SUTTON SMEETH (Royal Irish Rifles, attached RFC), accidentally killed July 17, aged 22, Loretto XI. Played twice for Yorkshire Colts in 1914. Had been wounded.

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SMEETH, W. S. Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles afterwards transferred to Royal Flying Corps

Bolton Abbey (SS. Mary and Cuthbert) Churchyard

Bolton Abbey (SS. Mary and Cuthbert) Churchyard

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27 July 1917


The funeral took place with full military honours at Bolton Abbey Church on Friday of Second Lieutenant W.S. Smeeth (Royal Irish Rifles and Royal Flying Corps), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J, Watson Smeeth, The Sycamores, Ben Rhydding, who died on Tuesday from injuries accidentally received. Amongst those present besides the family mourners were Lieutenant-Colonel Hickson (Bradford Battalion, West Riding Volunteers), Mr. Cutcliffe Hyne, Mr. W. Press (chairman of the Ilkley District Council), Mr. W. Gaunt, Mr. T. Heselton, Mr. E.G. Ashworth, Mr. F. Holmes, Mr. B. Parkinson, Mr. Hutchinson (Bradford City Coroner), Mr. T. Whittaker, Mr. F. Hall, and Dr. Hearder. The officers present from a local bombing school, which supplied the firing party, were Major H.E. Burton, Capt. and Adjt. J.H. Spedding. Capt. Crawford. Lieuts. Lowe, Armistead, and May, and Second-Lieuts. Denton and Greenwood. A bearer party of the Royal Flying Corps, in charge of Lieut. Wheeler, and a number of Halifax Boy Scouts also attended in uniform. The officiating clergy were the Rev. Cecil F. Tomlinson (Rector), and the Rev. W. Mulholland (Vicar of Ben Rhydding). At the service in the church the choir chanted 90th Psalm and led singing of the hymn ‘O God, our help in ages past.’ Following the committal prayers in the burial ground adjoining the Abbey ruins, the hymn ‘Abide with me’ was sung and a bugler sounded the ‘Last Post.’ There were many beautiful floral tributes.

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