Norman Smith, 29 Lower Shader

Last address in Lewis: 29 Lower Shader,
Service unit: 1st Gordon Highlanders
Service number: 3/5271
Enlisted at Inverness
Date of death: 22 December 1914
Killed in action at La Bassee
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, Panel 41 and 42
Local memorial: North Lewis, Borve

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

His brother Angus served with the Cameron Highlanders; William was in the Gordon Highlanders and James in the RNR. His brother Donald was killed in 1917, serving in the Canadians.

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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