Lance Corporal Jacob Smallman
Lance Corporal Jacob Smallman, born in the Dundyvan area of Coatbridge in June 1889, was the only son of Jacob Smallman, a Blast Furnaceman, and Margaret Smallman, of 12 Partick Street, then 47D Coatbank Street, Coatbridge.
His siblings were Margaret, Charlotte, Clara, Mary, Sarah and Georgina.
He worked in the British Tube Works in Coatbridge before enlisting in the 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment (KOSB) around 1911, serving in India before going to Egypt as a theatre of war on 16 November 1914.
Sometime between April and June 1915, Jacob was sent to Gallipoli.
He was killed in action on 4 June 1915 in fierce fighting during the 3rd battle of Krithia. Jacob died two weeks before his 25th birthday. The surviving KOSB war diary of the Krithia campaign details the events of 4 June 1915 surrounding Jacob’s death, and outlines the horrendous fighting endured by the Allied forces in an operation that was ultimately doomed to failure.
Jacob is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey and, as a long-standing member of the Coats Parish Church in Coatbridge, on a marble plaque which hung in the church for several decades until its closure. The plaque is now displayed in St Andrew’s Church within the town.