Edward Smith (c.1890-1916)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- SMITH, EDWARD. Private. No 19870. 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Born Underbank, Holmfirth. After leaving school was employed at the Post Office at Holmfirth. He then worked as a feeder at Albion Mills, Thongsbridge. Married, with one child. Lived Mount Pleasant, Thongsbridge. Enlisted May 1915. Underwent training at Harrogate and Stafford. Embarked for France 17.11.1915. Wounded on one occasion. Killed in action during an attack on Mild and Cloudy Trenches, near Le Transloy, during the Battle of the Somme on 12.10.1916. The Battalion War Diary records, "assembly positions heavily bombarded by both British and German guns 'D' Company advanced but under heavy machine gun fire immediately withdrew. Bombing attack on right by 'C' Company also failed. Relieved and to Trones Wood on the 13.10.1916". Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private EDWARD SMITH
- regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment
- died: Thursday, October 12, 1916
- record ID: 812541
- History of Netherthong: Netherthong and its WW1 heroes
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #812541)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #4091707)