Captain James A. Smithwick

Regiment: 4th Batt. Royal Irish Regiment
Date published: 26/11/1915
Killed in action: Yes
Date of death: 09/11/1915
Age at death: 34
Cemetery: Foulkstown Catholic Churchyard, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Republic Of
Plot: About 9 yards South of Church.
Information: Captain James A. Smithwick, 4th Batt. Royal Irish Regiment, has died in London from consumption due to injuries received on October 20th, 1914, at Le Pelly whilst gallantly leading his men, when he was seriously wounded and lay for several hours unconscious until picked up by a German ambulance party. He was removed to the German internment camp at Crefeld, where he was detained for nearly ten months before he was exchanged. His recovery from his wounds was very slow, and consumption directly traceable to his injuries set in which prevented any hope of his recovery. On his arrival in London he was visited in hospital by His Majesty King George, who complimented him on his great gallantry. Capt. Smithwick was the elder surviving son of the late Mr. J. F. Smithwick, TP., who represented the City of Kilkenny in Parliament from 1880 to 1885, and a member of a well known Kilkenny family.