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Memorial details

Memorial type
Addition to gravestone
District
Wigan
Town
Tyldesley
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
92458
Current location

Tyldesley Cemetery
Hough Lane - A5082 M29 8WN
Tyldesley
Wigan
Greater Manchester
M29 8WN
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 70651 01765
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A sandstone headstone in the shape of a shield carrying an incised inscription to the subject. The subject is also commemorated nearby on his parents' grave. (WMR 92454)
Inscription
In/ Loving/ Memory of/ Our dear brother Private Willie Smith/ Who fell in a gallant charge at the Dardanelles/ June 4th 1915 Aged 18 years./ With stricken hearts and weeping eyes,/ We mourn the loss of Willies's life,/ Far away under sunny skies,/ He fell, a hero, in the strife./ Though round him rained both shot and shell,/ He bravely stood against the foe;/ With British blood he fought right well,/ Until he reeled from cruel blow./ Far from home in a soldier's grave,/ Near the Dardanelles he lies,/ Along with gallant comrades brave,/ He rests, but mem'ry never dies./ Could more be done, than thou hast done,/ To sacrifice young life so free?/ By thee, a victor's crown is won/ Brave lad thy country's proud of thee./ J.M.C.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Smith, Willie
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Relationship, rank, forename, surname, manner, place, and date of death, age, burial place
    Order of information: As above
Components
  • Gravestone
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Wigan Council

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