Sergeant Joe Smith and Private Malcolm Crockett

Sergeant Joe Smith and Private Malcolm Crockett

On 26 November 1914, the Paisley Daily Express reported:


Intimation has just been received of the death of Sergeant Joe Smith of the Scottish Rifles, whose parents reside at 27 New Street. He was born in Paisley amd was 29 years of age. About eight years ago he went to Motherwell and for six years has been in the employment of the Lanarkshire Tramway Company. Smith had seen service in the Boer War and when he left the Army he entered the Reserve. On the outbreak of war, he was called to the colours and was in the fighting from the start. he leaves a widow and three children.

Mr Forrest, Superintendent of the Industrial School, today received word of the death of (Private) Malcolm Crockett (Gordon Highlanders) who was killed on or about October 24. He was in the school for about five years, leaving in 1910. Subsequently, he enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders. He was a native of Stornoway and a well-built young man, 20 years of age.

Mr Forrest has also received a report that Alexander Husband, 21 years of age, who was formerly in the school, had been wounded. He is in the Cameron Highlanders.

Report in Paisley Daily Express of Paisley Soldiers killed, November 1914
The Industrial School, Albion Street, Paisley c.1900