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David Smith cap badgePrivate David Smith

1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/17710

David Smith grave





Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of John Smith (1864-02/05/1922) and Charlotte Smith of 2a North Bute St, Coatbridge. From the 1891 Census - Address - No 30 Waterside, Dalmellington, Ayrshire - John Smith aged 28, Charlotte Smith aged 26, Jane Smith aged 4, David Smith aged 2, William Smith aged 2 months, mothers brother William McDonald aged 20. From the 1901 Census - Address - 204 Calder St, Coatbridge - John Smith aged 37, Charlotte Smith aged 36, Jane Smith aged 14, David Smith aged 12, William Smith aged 10, George Smith aged 8, Mary Smith aged 6, John Smith aged 4, Duncan Smith aged 2, Margaret Smith aged 3 months, boarders William Lamont aged 42, James Canns aged 21. David had another brother James who died on the 07/02/1908 aged two and a half. David's Pension was awarded to his mother Charlotte. David's younger brother Private William Smith (1451) of the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders served and survived.

Born / Resided

Campbeltown, Argyll / 2a North Bute St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 03/03/1916 near Loos




Calder Iron Works



Buried / Remembered

Maroc British Cemetery (I. B. 2, Grenay, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was begun by French troops in August 1915, but it was first used as a Commonwealth cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January 1916. During the greater part of the war it was a front-line cemetery used by fighting units and field ambulances, and protected from German observation by a slight rise in the ground. Maroc British Cemetery now contains 1,379 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 264 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 89 casualties known to be buried among them. In particular, 87 officers and men of the 6th London Regiment, who died on 25 September 1915 in the capture of Loos, are now buried (but without individual identification) in Plot III, Rows H, J, K and L. The cemetery also contains 45 French and German burials.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre as Army Troops on the 14/08/1914. On the 05/09/1914 they were part of the 1st Brigade,1st Division. David is buried alongside 2 of his comrades who died on the same day. The History of the 1st Division before David was Killed in Action - One of the first British formations to move to France, the 1st Division remained on the Western Front throughout the war. It took part in most of the major actions, including : 1914 - The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, including the Rearguard Affair of Etreux (August), The Battle of the Marne (September), The Battle of the Aisne including participation in the Actions on the Aisne heights and the Action of Chivy (September), First Battle of Ypres (October-November). On the 31st October 1914, at the climax of the Battle, 1st Divisional headquarters at Hooge was hit by enemy shellfire, whereupon the Divisional Commander (Major-General Lomax) was severely wounded and his GSO1 (Col. F. W. Kerr) was killed. 1915 - Winter Operations 1914-15, The Battle of Aubers (9 May), The Battle of Loos (September-October). David is also remembered at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos x 3). See photos for David's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Maroc British Cemetery, David's Pension Records x 2 and the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge.

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