Chaplain Peter George Smith

Biography of Chaplain Peter George Smith

Peter George Smith was born in Glasgow on the 23rd March 1878, and was the son of Peter - a minister - and Jessie. Peter grew up with a younger brother, William, and sister, Margaretta.

In 1896, Peter joined the University of Glasgow as an Arts student. In his first year he studied Latin, Greek, and Mathematics, followed in his second with classes in Logic and Moral Philosophy. A resist in Moral Philosophy delayed his progress slightly, but after a final year of classes in English, Peter graduated with an MA on the 1st November 1900.

Possibly inspired by his father's career path, Peter enrolled for a second time at the University - this time for a degree in Theology. After taking classes in Biblical Criticism, Divinity, Church History, and Hebrew, he graduated with a BL in 1904.

Having graduated, Peter gained employment as an assistant at St Stephen's Parish Church, Glasgow. In October he was elected as minister of Kemnay Parish Church in Aberdeenshire, and in 1907 he was appointed acting-chaplain for the Volunteer Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. He was inducted to Kippen parish in 1908.

When war broke out, Peter spent a year working at Covilles' Steel Works, in Motherwell, before receiving his chaplaincy. He then spent two years' in service in France and Belgium.

Peter had been stationed in Cologne after the armistice, but is reported to have had "a breakdown in health", and was sent for an operation at Craigleith Hospital in Edinburgh. This intervention was unsuccessful, and Chaplain Peter George Smith died on the 27th November 1919, leaving a wife and six children.


Chaplain Peter George Smith
Rank: Chaplain
Regiment: Royal Army Chaplains Department - 9th Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: MA BD
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/270


British Newspaper Archive: Aberdeen Press and Journal, 05/12/1919

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