Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Golcar, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales


Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Halifax, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 1/6th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Judge Subsector, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Polygon Wood Cemetery
Parcelle: /
Rangée: H
Tombe: 12

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

Wilfrid Smith was born in Golcar, a village near Huddersfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. According to the 1911 census he lived in Huddersfield, worked as a weaver, was married to Carrie Whitwam and had two children, Winifred and Frank. By 1918 Wilfrid served in the 1/6th Regiment, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, part of the 147th Brigade, of the 49th (West Riding) Division.

In March 1918, his battalion was stationed in the Judge Subsector, on the Broodseinde Ridge. In the early hours of the 18th of March 1918, the Germans heavily shelled the frontline trenches and support lines of the battalion, after which they attempted to enter the trenches in front of “C” Company. The Germans were driven off by rifle fire. At dawn several German rifles and a cap were found in the front trench. Sixteen men were wounded and four men had been killed. Private Wilfrid Smith, 39, was killed, together with Serjeant Robert Green, 31, Private William Barrett, 21, and Private Charles Atha.

According to the battalion’s war diary they were all buried near the hamlet of Molenaarelsthoek, in the Noord Subsector, which was also held by the 147th Brigade. Wilfrid’s remains were reinterred in Polygon Wood Cemetery. The three others are remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Sources utilisées
Barber, Stephen. Guiseley Terries: a small part in the Great War: a history of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2018, pp. 163-165.
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Naval and Military Archive
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The Long Long Trail
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