W.H. Smith

SMITH, William Henry - Known as Denny

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Died 13th February 1923
Buried at Heol Fawr, Nelson.

Son of John and Elizabeth Smith, Dynevor Terrace, Nelson

Smith WH grave


Feb 17th 1923.

Death occurred on Tuesday night of Mr W.H. Smith, son of MR and Mrs John Smith, 4 Dynevor Terrace, Nelson after a lingering illness. Deceased who was only 26 years old was familiarly known as ‘Denny’ and was extremely popular with all sections of the community. The circumstances leading up to his untimely death are a pitiful exposure of the callous treatment meted out to many of our war heroes by those in authority. Denny joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1915, as a fine specimen of young manhood as could be wished. He was demobilised at the end of the war and resumed employment at Penallta Colliery, but the vigour and hardships of active service soon made themselves felt, and his health gradually began to fail. He appeared before several medical boards without avail, and at the last one, only a few weeks ago, he was told that his condition was not due to his war service. This in spite of the fact that he had not been able to work for over 12 months. He bore his suffering with great fortitude, however, and was able to take a walk in the village on Thursday week, and although he was downstairs for a short time on Tuesday, the evening saw the climax, and he passed away as stated. The funeral will be held at Heol Fawr burial ground.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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