Smith, William Wheelhouse

Rank Private

Service Number R/25069

Service Army

Battalion 18th Battalion

Regiment Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme


William Wheelhouse Smith was born in Linton in 1893, the second child of William and Elizabeth Mary Smith of Linton Hill Farm.

William was educated at Leeds Grammar School and the School Magazine, the 'Leodiensian' recorded (in December 1916) that " William Wheelhouse Smith, the son of Mr. W. Smith, Linton Hills, Wetherby, entered the School in 1905 and left in 1911. He worked on his father's farm until he enlisted in the summer in the 24th K.R.R. He was killed in action on October 7th, while trying to rescue a wounded comrade."

William Wheelhouse Smith is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. He is also commemorated on the Wetherby War Memorial and on his parents grave.

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