Shihan William Smith

Shihan Smith (henceforth referred to as Sensei) was born in central Birmingham on 1st July 1929. He lived, “up a yard” in an area that was, “rough but you didn’t know it at the time”, in pre-war terrace housing with 1 outside toilet between 3 houses. The youngest but one of 6 brothers and sisters, he attended St Thomas’ church school (later bombed) where he was a choirboy. At 11 he was evacuated to the country, like so many of his generation, to escape the German bombing.


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