British WWI War and Victory Pair with Memorial Plaque to 61740 Pte. W. Smith of the West Yorkshire Regiment K.I.A. 12.04.1918 SOLD
Condition - Medals Good E.F.
Walter Smith was born in Leicester and enlisted at his home town into the West Yorkshire Regiment ("Leeds Pals"), in 1916. He was placed in the 15th Battalion and arrived in France in 1917, where he was involved in the Third Battle of the Scarpe.
In December, 1917 the 15th Battalion amalgamated with the 17th Battalion to form the 15th/17th Battalion within the 31st Division. This newly established Battalion including Pte. W. Smith was heavily engaged during the Battle of Arras in 1918, from the 25th of March onwards and by the 28th March Walter Smith was one of only 118 officers and other ranks still effective. However, despite surviving the severe fighting in March, he was killed in action on 12th April 1918 following heavy German attacks on the 15th/17th Battalion lines.
Pte. Walter Smith is Remembered with Honour in Le Grand Beaumont British Cemetery, Steenwerck where he was reburied in 1919.
The medal pair and plaque are sold with copies of his CWGC certificate, Soldiers Died in the Great War certificate and information detailing his reburial. The condition of the plaque is rated at G.V.F because of a solder spot on the reverse, due to previous mounting.