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World War One

Cyril Smith

DIED OF PNEUMONIA - 22nd NOVEMBER 1918 - AGED 29


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1889

PRIVATE 276526. 1ST/6TH BATTALION ESSEX REGIMENT. FORMERLY 6220 5TH BATTALION BEDFORDHSIRE REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN BEDFORD - FEBRUARY 1916.

COMMEMORATED IN BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, LEBANESE REPUBLIC.

 

In 1911 Cyril worked as a Tobacconist, living at "Sunnydale", (now No. 2 Bedford Road) Clophill, with his parents John Henry, known as Henry, a grocer, and his mother, Elizabeth. John was an only child.


In 1916 the Battalion had been involved with the Defence of the Suez Canal, then in 1917 the Battles of Gaza, the Capture of Gaza and the Battle of Jaffa. In 1918 they were involved with the fight at Ras el'Ain, the operations at Berukin, the Battle of Sharon. In 1918 they ended the war near Beirut, Palestine.

Ampthill News

Reports in the Ampthill News trace Cyril's experiences in the war.

February 19, 1916 Enlisted and was sent to Tring for training.

March 25, 1916 Sustained injuries to his right foot and developed blood poisoning.

September 23, 1916 Guarding Turkish prisoners somewhere in the desert.

November 11, 1916 Dysentery in Mesopotamia.

April 21, 1917 Wounded in Gaza in hospital with bullet wound.

September 22, 1917 Out of hospital and on the move. Subsequent travels in Egypt, Macedonia, and Palestine.

August 24, 1918 In hospital again.

November 30, 1918 Dangerously ill in hospital at Alexandria.

December 7, 1918 Died of bronchial pneumonia.

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