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Born: 1897, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 9 January 1918
Buried: Joncourt Military Cemetery
Address: 10 Staveley Road, Shipley
Parents: Harold & Jane
Spouse: Margaret
Siblings: Madelaine
Occupation: Woolsorter, W C Gaunt
Rank: Sec Lieut
Rolls of Honour: Saltaire Grammar School
Regiment: Royal Flying Corps
Walter Sydney Smith
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Walter Sydney Smith was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 1897, the son of Leeds-born Mechanical Engineer Harold and his wife Jane. By the time of the 1901 census the family were back in England, living at 26 Moorlands Villas, Ivy Road, Shipley. By 1911 they had moved to 10 Staveley Road and Walter, now an apprentice woolsorter, had been joined by a five-year-old sister, Madelaine.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission reference to Walter’s death has his parents living in Loughton in Essex while he and his new wife, Margaret, were living in the Staveley Road house. On 8 March 1918, the Shipley Times & Express published this piece: Second-Lieutenant W S Smith, West Yorkshire Regt, attached to the Royal Flying Corps, who was posted as missing some time ago is now officially reported to have
been killed on 9th January having been shot down while taking photographs. After serving two years in the R.A.M.C., he obtained a commission. He spent six months in the line before joining the R.F.C. He was an old boy of Salt Schools and before joining the army was with the firm of Mr W C Gaunt, wool merchant of Bradford. He was married last year and leaves a wife.
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