Private Walter Smith

Private Walter William Smith,1st/7th ( Service ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He died in Belgium, aged 20, on 10th November 1915 of wounds received in action during the Battle of Loos. He was the son of J.B. and M.E. Smith of 65 West End, Tweedmouth and is buried in Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Flanders, Belgium. His Headstone is inscribed ” To Memory Ever Dear Father, Mother & Brothers”. This cemetery is the largest in Belgium after Tyne Cot. Before enlisting he had worked in Messrs Allan Bros, Woodyard. His brother Alexander also fell. The photograph shows an attack at Loos with the troops disappearing into a ghostly cloud of smoke and gas. ( The Battle was the first time the British Army had used gas in the War and not wholly successfully ). The artist’s illustration depicts a Battalion attack at Loos led by their pipers.

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