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Smyth, William Henry (1879-1918)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: William Henry Smyth (1879-1918), born in Barnstaple in (?December) 1879, son of William Smyth and Maria Smyth (nee Crang) of 22, Litchdon Street, Barnstaple, Devon, formerly of Pilton Bridge, Barnstaple, Devon. Married to Dora Smyth (nee Genge-Andrews) of The White House, Belle Hill, Bexhill, Sussex, formerly of Swimbridge, North Devon (married In October 1908).

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1892-August 1896; 6th form.

 

Attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

 

WW1, Captain in the Devonshire Regiment and Worcestershire Regiment. Received his commission in November 1914 in a Reserve Service battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. Being passed unfit for active service in January 1916 he was sent to a Reserve Garrison battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, where he held the post of musketry officer to the battalion until November 1917. Then he passed fit for active service, and went to France, being attached to another battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment.

 

Killed in action at Neuve Eglise on 17 April 1918.

 

Commemorated at:

Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 5 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/868647/SMYTH,%20WILLI...

 

Emmanuel College, Cambridge War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeUniversity...

 

War Memorial at St James Swimbridge, Devon.

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.

 

Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1918: 'LIEUT. W.H. SMYTH, Worcester Regiment, late of Swimbridge, North Devon, who was killed on April 17th was the younger son of Mrs Smyth, of Barnstaple. He was educated at Sherborne School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and received his commission in November 1914, in a Reserve Service battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. Being passed unfit for active service in January 1916, he was sent to a Reserve Garrison battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, where he held the post of musketry officer to the battalion until November 1917. Then he passed fit for active service, and went to France, being attached to another battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He married in October 1908, Dora, fourth daughter of the late G.E. Genge-Andrews of Rimpton House, Somerset, and leaves a widow and two children.'

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