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William Russell Smith

In memory of:

Private William Russell Smith

October 16, 1944
Belgium

Military Service


Service Number:

C/31225

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

May 14, 1922
Navan, Ontario

Enlistment:

June 17, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of Thomas and Mary Smith of Osgoode, Ontario. Husband of Gladys Smith, of Ottawa, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 448 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

III. K. 10.

Location:

Antwerp lies 57 Km north of Brussels on the E19 and 59 km north east of Gent on the E17 motorway. The cemetery itself is located in Wilrijk, a suburb of Antwerp. From the Bistplein in front of the railway station in Wilrijk follow the Kleinsteenweg for 300 M until you arrive at the ring road. Turn right and follow the ring road for 100 M to the first set of traffic lights and turn left. Go under the flyover and continue straight on over the dual carrageway into Jules Moretus Lei. Follow this street for 1 kilometre and the entrance to the Municipal Cemetery is on your left. After entering the cemetery follow the Commission signs to the three Commission plots at the far end of the cemetery. Alternatively ask for their location at the office within the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Photo– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Ottawa Citizen. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Plaque– Private WILLIAM SMITH who served with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C., is one of 21 men commemorated on this plaque, placed In Loving Memory of the Men of St Lukes Parish who gave their lives in the World War II, in St Luke’s Anglican Church, Ottawa, Ontario.  He died on  October 16, 1944 and is buried in SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, Belgium
  • Cemetery Entrance– Entrance … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Cross of Sacrifice located in Plots 4 and 4A … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– View of Plot 3 … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker … Schoonselhof Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Paying respects– Billy Smith nephew and namesake of our Uncle William Smith visiting the Memorial Chamber on Sept 27 2017.
It was a great honour for 3 nieces and a nephew to be present for the page turning ceremony.

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