Pte. J.W. Smith


FIRST NAMES: James William

UNIT: 4th Yorkshire Regiment

NUMBER: 200440

STATUS: Killed in Action

DATE OF DEATH: 23rd December 1917

CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium

AGE: Unknown


James Smith was born in Brompton, and he played for Brompton Football Club, as well as being a gifted runner and athlete. He was the elder brother of Thomas Smith who was killed at Passchendaele a few weeks before James met his fate. James was married, his wife was called Beatrice Mary and they had a son and two daughters.

At the outbreak of war, James was training to be an electrician in John Pattinson-Yeoman's linen factory, but he immediately gave up his training to join the 4th Yorkshire Regiment in 1914.

He met his death in the remains of the village of Potijze, just outside Ypres, while he was serving with the Battalion's Quartermasters Stores. He was sitting at a fire when the village was bombed by enemy planes and a piece of shrapnel struck him in his back. He was buried in a nearby cemetery which had grown up around a dressing station which had been established in the grounds of Potijze Chateau.