SMITH Albert

Albert Edward SMITH

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GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

Albert was the son of Mrs. A. Smith, of Jockey Hall Farm, Queensbury and served in the 9th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).  He was killed in action on 17th September 1918.

The 1911 census for Jockey Hall Farm, Clayton shows Frank and Alice Smith and their four children, the oldest (age 19) is Albert, however his name has been crossed out, it is to be presumed that he was away at the time of the census.  Albert is shown to be working on the farm alongside his brother John (age 17) their two younger sisters Gladys and Agnes are of school age.

The Battalion war diary records that they were in trenches in an area close to Vallulart Wood, two companies were in Cavalry Support trench, one in Revelon Wood and one in a Sunken Road.  The 17th September is described as a quiet day with orders received for an attack at 05:20hrs on the following morning.

Albert is buried at GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY (VII. C. 3). His inscription reads: “Ever Remembered”.