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Name:
Alfred (Alf) Smith
Casualty No.:
Initials:
A
Service No.:
250127
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Startforth
Age at Death:
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
6th Durham light infantry
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Barnard Castle, 14 Bridgegate (should this be 33?)
Civilian Employment:
Mason worker
Cause of Death:
Died of wounds
Date of Death:
22-January-1918
Place of Death:
France
Battles & Campaigns:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Terlincthun British Cemetery
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

Alfred was wounded in action in July 1918 and died later on that month. In a letter to the Smith family , Lieutenant W . E. Meikle wrote about how he considered Alfred a "gallant comrade".

Teesdale Mercury-21/08/1918: Local and other notes: Died of wounds

Teesdale Mercury-30/07/1919: In memoriam

Teesdale Mercury-06/08/1919: In memoriam

 

Family Details:

Alfred was married to Mary Smith of Thorngate. They had four children together. 

 

Alfred was one of the six sons of John and Margaret (nee Stout) Smith of 33 Bridgegate to serve in the War and the last of the five Smith who lost their lives.  His bothers John William (Stout)Frederick, George Henry and Robert were also killed. Alf's death prompted Mrs Bircham to write to the Queen regarding the "Heavily Bereaved" family. Wilf was given an official discharge and returned in the autumn of 1918.

Guardian: Town's pleas to save the last heard.

Teesdale Mercury 28/8/1918: Local and other notes.

 

Teesdale Mercury-06/12/1916: News item: The Smith Family of Barnard Castle

Notes:

Prior to the war Alfred had worked as a mason's labourer.

In June 1917 he was wounded in France and spent a short furlough at home recovering. 

Writing home in 1915 Alfred wrote:

"This is a nerve-straining job out here, we are having rather a rough time of it, but we are still as game as ever. We have about got used to it now and take no notice of shot and shell. I have seen many Belgian towns and villages wrecked, and the beautiful churches are all in ruins. I have had many narrow places to get out of but I haver always got through".

Teesdale Mercury-27/06/1917: Local and other notes: On leave wounded

Teesdale Mercury-14/07/1915: The War: Letter from the Front

Teesdale Mercury-27/03/1918: Local and other notes: On leave

Teesdale Mercury-21/08/1918: Roll of Honour Notice

 

 

Images:
Sources:
First Name: The Bowes Museum Roll of Honour (TBM/7/1/12); Last Name: The Bowes Museum Roll of Honour (TBM/7/1/12); Ranks: The Bowes Museum Roll of Honour (TBM/7/1/12); Home Address: The Bowes Museum Roll of Honour (TBM/7/1/12); Unit: The Bowes Museum Roll of Honour (TBM/7/1/12); Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; Service Number: St Mary's data; Date of Birth: St Mary's data; Place of Birth: St Mary's data; Civilian Employment: St Mary's data; Cause of Death: St Mary's data; Date of Death: St Mary's data; Buried: St Mary's data; Date of Death: www.cwgc.org;