Mrs George Smith received a letter from the Lieutenant of her husband’s platoon
informing her that her husband was killed along with 2 comrades by a shell on Thursday of last week. He was the eldest surviving son of William Smith, Roadside and was employed in Cumnock Pottery until it closed down after which he worked at Highhouse Colliery. He was called up last summer and went out to France in December 1917. He has 2 brothers with the colours, 1 of whom gained the Military Medal for service with the Tank Corps. The other one is home on leave. He leaves a widow and child.
He was Private George M Smith of the RSF and died on 30 May 1918 aged 31. He is buried at Le Peuplier Military Cemetery, Caestre in France. His wife was Jessie Hutton. They married in 1913. Jessie went on to marry James English in 1919.
He was the son of William Smith potter and Janet McClymont, of Cumnock; husband of Jessie Hutton, of 15, Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, Ayrshire.