Smith, Allison Gould

Second son of George Smith (G 1872-1877) and Helen Smith, of Horbling, Lincolnshire, he came into College from Sandroyd School and in his last year stood on Dress for College XV. He won the senior classical scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1909 and took his degree with a second class in the Classical Tripos of 1912. He then came up to London and entered a surveyor’s office, and would probably have returned to Lincolnshire to work near his home.

At the outbreak of war he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. and in September 1914 was gazetted to the 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He went to the front in July 1915 and was severely wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He recovered in a few months and returned to France in May 1917, receiving the M.C. for conspicuous skill and gallantry during an attack at Oosttaverne in the following July. On 18th April 1918 the enemy opened the second stage of their great offensive and Captain Smith’s company, which was in position at Givenchy, was overwhelmed by the force of the attack and isolated. He is known to have died of wounds on that day.

Photocopies of papers and documents relating to Captain Smith are lodged in the College Archives and can be seen on application to the Archivist, Suzanne Foster on




War: World War 1

  • Surname: Smith
  • Forenames or initials: Allison Gould
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1904-1909
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 3rd December 1890
  • Date of Death: 18th April 1918
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LOOS MEMORIAL, Panels 89 - 91