William Smith

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St Cuthbert's Old Churchyard

St Cuthbert Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone, which is a Latin cross on a 3 stage base. Thought to be this man- SMITH, WILLIAM./Rank:Private/Service No:657/Date of Death:17/09/1916/ Age:29/Regiment/Service:Scottish Horse 1st/3rd/Grave ReferenceA. 70./ CemeteryKANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY/ Additional Information:Son of William and Agnes Smith, of Culdoch, Kirkcudbright. More information on the above casualty-rooper Wm. P. Smith, S.Horse is listed on the Twynholm War Memorial. William Parker Smith – age 29 – Private (657) 1/3rd Battalion, Scottish Horse. Enlisted August 1914. Transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps. Served at Gallipoli and Egypt. Killed in the Sinai Desert. (Source: SRoH) Born 1886 in Beith, Ayrshire. (Source: SNWM and GRoS – Birth Register) Son of William and Agnes (Parker) Smith of Cumstoun Mains, Twynholm and later of Culdoach, Kirkcudbright. (Source: CWGC and D&G Standard 11/10/1916 page 3d) Died on Active Service – 17 September 1916. * see below Commonwealth War Grave – Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Also listed on the memorial and roll of honour in Twynholm Parish Church. In September 1915 the 1/3rd Scottish Horse arrived at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, having been converted to an infantry unit in Malta. At the beginning of 1916 they were in Egypt, defending the Suez Canal and using camels for mobility. On 1 October they were again converted to be the 26th Squadron (Scottish Horse) Machine Gun Corps of the Imperial Camel Corps. (Source: 1914-1918.net) *On 16/17 September 1916 the 1st Camel Battalion made a night march to attack the Turkish positions at Mazar in the Sinai desert. 2 men of the 7th Company (which included Troopers from the Scottish Horse) were lost and were later found to have died of thirst. (Source: Great War Forum)
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