Private William McGill Smith, 2nd Bn Highland Light Infantry


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Private William McGill Smith 12245, 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry.

William McGill Smith was born on 1st June 1894 at Maryhill, Glasgow.  His parents were John, a gardener, and Elizabeth Smith.  William was the youngest of 4 children.  After completing his education, William worked in the Singers Factory before enlisting in the Regular Army in 1913.  In August 1914, he was mobilised to France and attached to the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, Lewis Gun Corps.  For almost 3 years William was involved in numerous battles and heavy fighting.  He was eventually injured on 26th July 1917.  Private William McGill Smith died as a result of his wounds on 27th  July 1917.  He was 23 years old.  William is buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery.   He was awarded the Star, Victory and British War medals.





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