Smith, Wyndham Alexander

Son of Wyndham Smith (Com and G, 1866) of Manchester and of Georgina Smith, nee Cope, he came to Sergeant’s from Mostyn House School, Parkgate, Cheshire. On leaving Winchester he entered the legal profession and was articled to his father, taking honours in the final examinations, winning the Stephen Heelis Gold Medal. He married Miss Maud Darlington in 1912.

On the outbreak of war he was practicing as a solicitor in Upton-on-Severn near Tewkesbury. He obtained a commission in the Gloucestershire Hussars (a territorial cavalry unit) which together with the Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry, then billeted at Newbury Racecourse, moved to the east coast to guard against a German invasion. In April 1915 they were ordered to Egypt, reaching Alexandria on 21st, where they undertook guard duties until ordered to Gallipoli in August. However, Smith was one of a detachment of 100 men required to stay behind to look after the horses of their cavalry regiment. The Royal Gloucesters were later withdrawn back to Egypt and by December 1915 they were camped near Cairo and had returned to their cavalry role. Presumably by this time Smith had rejoined the battalion.

On 23rd April 1916 Turkish forces attacked the Warwickshire Yeomanry near Katia; the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars attempted to help but were beaten back. It was at some point in this fighting that Smith was killed, although he was at first reported as missing.

He is commemorated by a memorial plaque in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Upton-upon-Severn. “In loving memory of Wyndham Alexander Smith 2nd Lieut in the Gloucestershire Royal Hussars, who was killed in action at Katia, in the Sinai Peninsula, on Easter Day 1916 This tablet was erected by his widow and parents”.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Smith
  • Forenames or initials: Wyndham Alexander
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1899-1904
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Gloucestershire Hussars
  • Date of Birth: 11th June 1886
  • Date of Death: 23rd April 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panel 3 of the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL