Donald Smith, 29 Lower Shader

Last address in Lewis: 29 Lower Shader,
Son of Murdo and Henrietta Smith, of 29 Lower Shader, Barvas, Stornoway, Scotland.
Service unit: 46th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)
Service number: 887353
Date of death: 25 June 1917 at the age of 31
Died of wounds in France
Interred: Bruay Communal cemetery extension, grave G. 42
Local memorial: North Lewis, Borve

Date of birth: 26 May 1886
Place of birth: Isle of Lewis
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Dark brown
Religion: Presbyterian
Trade / occupation: Blacksmith
Current address: Stornoway, SK
Volunteered at Yorkton on 6 December 1916

Donald appears in the 1901 census, at 29 Lower Shader, a 14-year old herd, the son of Murdo (41) and Henrietta (44) and brother of Bella (12), Angus (10), William (8), Norman (6) and James (2). 

His brother Angus served with the Cameron Highlanders; William was in the Gordon Highlanders and James in the RNR. His brother Norman was killed in 1914, serving in the Camerons.

Stornoway Gazette
Corpl. Donald Smith, son of Mr Murdo Smith, 29 Lower Shader, died on the 26th June in a casualty clearing station in France of wounds received in action on that date. Corpl Smith emigrated to Canada seven years ago, where by his upright character and steady, industrious habits, he had established himself in a very good position before he joined the Canadians after the outbreak of war. He was a young man of marked intelligence, a splendid workman and a most dutiful son. Mr Smith's family, like many others, has suffered severely through the war. Another son, Norman, was posted missing on 22nd December 1914, and is now presumed to have been killed on that date. William was badly wounded, and is so far disabled as to be only fit for light duty in a home defence unit. The youngest son recently joined the Trawler Section of the Navy. The genuine sympathy of the community is extended to the grief-stricken family in their bereavement.

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