William Small

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/5713
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Centurion
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 11.03.1891
  • Place of Birth: 31 Dura St, Dundee
  • Address: 57 Abbotsford St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Foundry Labourer/Shipyard Worker
  • Mother:

    Mary Malcolm Small, 73 Church St, Dundee

  • Father:

    Robert Small

  • Siblings:

    Isabella, 1879-1960, George, 1882-1918, Robert, born 1885-1964, Euphemia, 1886-1931, James, 1887-1887, Ann, 1888-1907, Agnes, 1892-1984, Alexander, 1895-1973, Mary, 1900-1907, John, 1901-1938 & David, 1903-1982

  • Spouse:

    Euphemia Dickson

  • Children:

    George, 1913-1994, John Dickson, 1915-1916 & Alexander Dickson, 1917-2005

  • Age at Death: 83
  • Date of Death: 27.12.1974
  • Place of Death: Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
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More about William Small

William Small was born on 11/3/1891 at 31 Dura Street Dundee. His parents were Robert Small and Mary Malcolm. He was their 7th child and had 12 siblings.

William married Euphemia Dickson on 7/10/1912 and they had 3 children –

  1. William Small born 1913 and died in 1994 – Dundee.
  2. John Dickson Small born 1915 and died in 1916 – Dundee. On John’s birth certificate his father William is listed as Foundry Labourer serving on HMS Warrior.
  3. Alexander Dickson Small born 1917 in Dundee and died 2005 in Edinburgh. On my dad’s birth certificate his father is listed as serving on HMS Centurian.

HMS Warrior was involved in the Battle of Jutland which took place on the 31stMay/1st June 1916. She was badly damaged and many of her crew were killed. Grandad was lucky to survive.

After WW1 he returned to family life in Dundee and worked in the Dundee Shipyards during WW2. He died on 27/12/1974 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee aged 83.  Usual residence 57 Abbotsford Street, Dundee.

William was the brother of Pte George Small, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, who was killed in action 05.02.1918.

Information and images very kindly supplied by William’s granddaughter Dorrie Neilson

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