SHOESMITH, William Copley

776018, Lance Bombardier, William Copley SHOESMITH
Aged 20

"A" Battery, 245th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
formerly 2682, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 10th April 1918

William Copley SHOESMITH was born on 8th July 1897 in Leeds (Holbeck Q3-1897 9B:326), baptised at Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Beeston Hill on 19th September 1897, only son of Ned and Lucy SHOESMITH (née COPLEY).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at 8 Noster Hill, Beeston, Yorkshire with his father Ned SHOESMITH [33] iron and steel founders traveller; his mother Lucy Ann [34] and sister Nellia [7]. All were born in Leeds.

1911 census...Aged 13, he was in school, and at Noster Hill still, with his parents and sister Nellie. Father now a manager.

His entry on CWGC gives "Old E.A.S.boy".

He enlisted in Leeds.

His entry in Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour reads:-
SHOESMITH, WILLIAM COPLEY: Signaller, No.776018, 245th West Riding Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (T.F.), only s. of Ned Shoesmith of 8 Noster Hill, Beeston, co. York, a director of Messrs William Towler & Co. Ltd., Globe Foundry, Leeds, by his wife Lucy Ann, dau. of the late Benjamin COPLEY, of Leeds; b. Leeds 8 July,1897; educ. East Anglian School, Bury St.Edmunds, co. Suffolk; joined the Royal Field Artillery 9th June 1915; served with the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders from the following Nov., and was killed in action near Ypres 10 April, 1918. Buried in Vlamertinge Cemetery. An officer wrote: "He was an excellent signaller and always willing to do his job, and I had only just promoted him to Bombardier because he so thoroughly deserved it." Unm.

The war diary has not yet been found.

photo: Roy Beardsworth

William Shoesmith is buried in Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery, grave 15:H:9

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