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Evan Douglas Smith was born in Roseneath, Dumbartonshire on 17th Feb 1883, one of five children of Barbara Thomson Smith (née Wotherspoon) and Heugh Smith, an engineer. Smith attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1898 to 1905 as an evening student of architecture under Alexander McGibbon. During his studies Smith's occupation is noted as Apprentice Architect and since 1902 as Architect. According to the School's Student Registers, Smith lived in Dowanhill in Glasgow at this time. While he continued studying architecture, in 1903 Smith attended evening Modelling classes and in 1904, evening Drawing and Painting classes under Paul Artot.
During the First World War, Smith served as a Private in the 9th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, and his service number was 6371. The Roll of Honour however, notes Smith's rank as a Sergeant. Smith was awarded with the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
He died in Glasgow on 13th Mar 1932. Evan Douglas Smith is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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