2nd Lieutenant John Horne Smith

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant John Horne Smith

John Horne Smith was born 1892 to William Smith, a schoolmaster, and Mary Margaret Horne Smith. He had an older brother and a younger sister Mary Smith (later Lamb). They lived at The Schoolhouse, Blantyre, Lanarkshire. He attended Allen Glens School, Glasgow.

He enrolled as an Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1909. He lived at home throughout his studies. He took Logic and Honours Mathematics at intermediate level in his first year. He started his second year in 1911 and took Natural Philosophy and English. In his third year he took Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. In his fourth year he changed to the science faculty and again took Natural Philosophy as well as Physical Chemistry and Intermediate Honours Mathematics.

When war broke out he left his studies and joined the army. He was a Second Lieutenant in the 6th Cameronian Scottish Rifles. This battalion landed in Le Havre 21 March 1915. They saw action in the Battle of Aubers 1915, Battle of the Somme 1916, the Arras Offensive 1917, the Flanders Coast 1917 and the Third Battles of Ypres 1917. He was killed in action in France 22 Jul 1918 aged 26.

He is buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium with the inscription “Oh of the sound of a voice that is still” chosen by his father. He is also commemorated on the grave of William Smith and family as well as the Blantyre War Memorial both at High Blantyre Cemetery, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.


2nd Lieutenant John Horne Smith
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 6th Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 22 July 1918. Attended Allan Glens School.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/872
Photo ID: N/A


University Archive Records:

Matriculation record 1909, 1911-14 R8/5/29 & 32-4


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