Smith, Charles

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The entry on the Roll of Honour for Charles Smith refers to Charles William Smith who is probably also commemorated in a second listing for a Charles M Smith where the M is incorrect. The information to follow is also included in the entry for Charles M Smith. Charles William Smith was born in Kildonan, Kilmory on 28th of February 1888 to Agnes (née Greig) and James Smith, a coastguard. By 1891, Charles had moved with his mother and father and his two older brothers and sister to Stornaway, presumably due to his father's profession. By 1901, the family had settled in Camlachie, Glasgow by which time Charles had another two younger sisters. Smith's parents moved to Ontario, Canada before the beginning of the First World War while he remained in Glasgow. Smith studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1901 to 1913 as an evening student studying design. In his final years at The Glasgow School of Art, his occupation is noted as a carpet designer. Smith served as a lieutenant with the Royal Air Force. However his earlier war service followed the career path of his father and included time with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, Clyde Division and as a Leading Seaman and Petty Officer with the Royal Navy. Charles Smith is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; The National Archives: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk; Ancestry: ancestry.com: Find my Past: findmypast.co.uk

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