Smith, John (William John)

This man is named on the Sandycroft Memorial, but is not on the list compiled on the Clwyd Family History list for the men of Sandycroft on their website.   He does not have a Flintshire WW1 Index Card,

It seems from the article taken from the Hawarden Parish Magazine (below) that this soldier’s name was William John SMITH, click on the link to read his story.

St. Francis’s Church, Sandycroft. October 1915

Excerpt from Hawarden Parish Magazine.

The period of anxiety for Sandycroft people regarding men in the fighting in the Dardanelles is now happily past; but we have unfortunately two fatal casualties to record, both being men closely related.   Pte. William Joseph SMITH* and his cousin Pte. Stephen LATHAM, were killed soon after landing at Sulva Bay.   Both belonged to Pentre and their homes are situated a few yards from each other in the Mechanics’ Lane.   We feel deeply for their bereaved relatives, but at the same time we know that, like so many thousands more, they will comfort themselves in the knowledge that they died as true men and brave soldiers, and we believe that God will accept their sacrifice of themselves in as true a Crusade as ever was, as a memorial for their eternal salvation.

*I believe that the vicar made a clerical error with the name Joseph, perhaps it should have been John?

Another article taken from the Hawarden Parish Magazine after the above.


Any help to clarify this would be appreciated.

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