Leslie Crozier Smale, Private 14767, 5th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Died on or after 25th September 1915 in Belgium, aged 19
Leslie Crozier Smale was baptised on 13th October 1896 at Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church, the only son of Grace and Harry Edgar Smale, a solicitor of Hurdsfield Cottage, Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield. Harry and Grace were married at Christ Church in 1893; Harry was the son of John Smale, silk manufacturer of Macclesfield, and Grace was the daughter of John Jackson, headmaster of the Macclesfield Modern School for forty years.
Leslie was educated at Macclesfield Grammar School and from there entered Shrewsbury School in 1911.
Leslie was still a pupil at Shrewsbury School when war was declared in August 1914, and joined his local regiment, the 5th Battalion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, on 5th October 1914, along with 40 other old Salopians. Whilst undergoing training at Aldershot he was awarded the Battalion prize for quick firing.
Leslie went out to France on 22nd May 1915 and was wounded in July, but not seriously and he was soon able to rejoin his regiment. He took part in the battle of Loos, and was reported missing on 25th September 1915, having last been seen wounded near the German lines. No further news having been received, his parents were officially notified one year later that he was presumed to have been killed in action on or after this date.
Private Leslie Smale has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 47 and 49 of the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Leslie Smale.
In Macclesfield, Private Leslie Smale is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church and King’s School war memorials.
Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Shrewsbury School war memorial.