Stornoway Gazette, 13 June 1941
On Monday 20th May, the community was deeply grieved to learn that Mr and Mrs Donald Smith (Baker), 11 Lionel, Port of Ness, received a postcard from Pte Giblin, Seaforth Highlanders, who is a prisoner of war in Germany, saying that on making inquiry he has found that L/Cpl John Smith was killed on 10th May, 1940. Smith's parents wrote to Pte Giblin asking him for any information he could give them of their son, who had been missing for 12 months. L/Cpl Smith, who was 22 years of age, was a fine young man possessed of qualities which could not be excelled. Of a quiet and unobtrusive nature, trustworthy and upright in his ways, he was favoured by all who knew him, and his many friends throughout the island and in Glasgow will receive this news of him with regret. He was a shop assistant in Glasgow before the war. When war was declared he immediately joined the Seaforth Highlanders, and was promoted lance-corporal before he finished his recruit drill. Being a genial and popular figure he is sincerely mourned by the whole district. He was one of Nature's gentlemen, giving his services willingly wherever required. The death of such a kind-hearted an obliging young man is an irreparable loss. To his parents, brothers and sister we extend our very deepest and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a most dutiful son and brother.