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  cap badgeLance Corporal William Reid Smellie (Smaillie)

1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 18530

William Reid Smellie (Smaillie) grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Agnes Smaillie. Elder brother of James Smellie (Smaillie) of 56 Nicol St, Kirkcaldy previously 59 North Jackson St, Coatbridge who served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers and younger brother of Private John Smellie (Smaillie) of the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders who was Killed in Action on the 13/10/1914 just 2 months later William fell. From the 1891 Census - Address - 112 Dunbeth Rd, Coatbridge - John Smaillie aged 34, Agnes Smaillie aged 29, John Smaillie aged 2, William R Smaillie aged 11 months. From the 1901 Census - 11 Wellwynd St, New Monkland - John Smaillie aged 44, John Smaillie aged 12, Catherine Johnston Smaillie aged 5. William's younger brother James Harper Smaillie was born on the 15/05/1893 at 85 Deedes St, Airdrie.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 59 North Jackson St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 19/12/1914


Coatbridge 1914


North British Iron Works with his brother John / Reservist


24 / DOB - 08/04/1890

Buried / Remembered

Le Touret Memorial (Panel 37 and 38), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave. Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battles of La Bassée (10 October – 2 November 1914), Neuve Chapelle (10 – 12 March 1915), Aubers Ridge (9 – 10 May 1915), and Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915). Soldiers serving with Indian and Canadian units who were killed in this sector in 1914 and 1915 whose remains were never identified are commemorated on the Neuve Chapelle and Vimy memorials, while those who fell during the northern pincer attack at the Battle of Aubers Ridge are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Additional Information

William's Battalion arrived in France on the 01/12/1914. He would be Killed in Action just 18 days later. Fought from 18-22 December 1914 the Battle of Givenchy saw an initially advancing British force face strong opposition (and counter-attack) from a solidly entrenched German force around the village of Givenchy. William's Battalion were part of the 3rd (Lahore) Division. Sharp fighting broke out on 19 December when Indian troops from the 3rd (Lahore) Division launched an attack, successfully capturing two lines of German trenches. However their success was short-lived: a prompt and aggressive counter-action pushed the Indian troops back out again. William is listed as SMILLIE with the CWGC and on the Le Touret Memorial. A huge thanks to Margaret Love for her family information (especially regarding surname). See Directory for William's elder brother John's page. Also remembered on the Maxwell Parish Church (with his brother John) and East United Free Churches Rolls of Honour (with his brothers John and James - see photos). See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his name on the Le Touret Memorial, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Le Touret Memorial Panel List and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge.

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Margaret Love. Thanks for your message. I'm in the process of updating all men's pages. I'll gladly skip to the brothers today. Please email me on johnsammc@gmail.com as I'm unable to reply personally to you. Thanks
John McCann, Belfast, 03/12/2020 8:41AM
I didn't have a photo of my Grans brothers and only knew a little of their deaths , thankyou William Reid Smaillie ( Smaillie was their birth surname ) William was born on the 8th April 1890 Coatbridge
Mgt Love, England, 02/12/2020 10:14PM

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