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Born: 1883, Idle
Died: 28 August 1917
Address: 12 Union Yard, Albion Road, Idle
Parents: William & Annie
Siblings: Eliza Jane and several step siblings
Occupation: Mason
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Jim Smith
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News has been received of the death in action of Pte Jim Smith who resided with his sister, Mrs Read, at 10 Union Yard, Albion Road, Idle. Pte Smith was a mason by trade but at the time when he joined up two years ago, he was working at the Holly Park Mills, Calverley. He was a member of the corps whose duty it was to defend the shores of England but he was keenly desirous of going on active service. Volunteering for service abroad, he was sent to France about three months ago. A zealous horticulturalist, he secured an allotment garden some time before joining the army and did his best to increase the food production of the country. He was 34 years of age. His brother-in-law, Drummer T Read is serving with the colours whilst his nephew, Sgt Willie Simpson has been awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal. Shipley Times & Express 21 September 1917
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