William George Smith - Chappell.

He enlisted at Huntingdon H.Q. of the Hunts Cyclists in November 1915 where he was allocated the HCB number of 1536, in the 1/1st Battalion of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.   At the time of enlistment he was living in Eltisley and indicated that he was born in the same Huntingdonshire Village on the 16th March 1896.

The eldest son of Mrs. Smith-Chappell, of Eltisley, born 16/3/1896, he was married, his wife living St Neots. 

He enlisted on the 11/1915 at Huntingdon.  He also served in the Lewis gun section of the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Rgt.

As private 328240 in the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment he was killed in action (gassed) on the 29th October 1917 aged 21 years.

He is remembered in the Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 & 2, Ieper, West-Vlanderen, Belgium.

He was married Mary Ann nee Childerley and had a daughter Vera May born 24th May 1915. A Gas shell fell amongst them, one of his comrades four times attempted to adjust his respirator for him, but a feeling of sickness prevented him from keeping it on, extract from a letter from Anthony F. Grey.

One source indicates that he was married to Mary Martha and was living at St. Neots.

His occupation was given as a Farm Labourer for Mr. G. How Topham of Eltisley.

 Many thanks to Tony Stubbs for going to the grave and taking the photo.


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