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A.B. George Smith

R/5933 Drake Battalion Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Son of Mr Albert & Mrs Edith Mary Smith

Aged 19 years

Died 21 August 1918

Commemorated Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery (Extension)
Grave III. C.3.

Born 4th Jul 1899 Hastings.
Entered 14th Aug 1917; Draft for BEF 2nd Apr 1918, joined Drake Bn. 8th Apr 1918 - 21st Aug 1918 DD.
Rushden Echo, September 6th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Victims of the War

We regret to report that Mr and Mrs A. Smith, of 4, Spencer-road, Rushden, have received news of the death in action of their second son, A.B. George Smith, R.N.D.  The news is sent by the deceased’s officer (Lieut. H. J. Arnold), who writes under date August 30th: “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that as a result of the recent operations your son was killed on August 21st.  His cheerfulness and devotion to duty was a source of inspiration to all those who had to serve with him, and his loss is greatly regretted by all ranks.  Again sympathising with you in your great loss.”  The late A.B. Smith was 19 years of age, and joined the forces in August, 1917, going to France just after Easter this year.  He was formerly employed by Messrs. Nurrish and Pallett, boot manufacturers, Rushden.  Mr and Mrs Smith have another son serving his country, viz., Signaller Albert Smith, Northants Regt., who is at present in Welbeck Abbey Convalescent Home recovering from wounds and the effects of gas received in May this year.  He has been twice wounded.

The Rushden Echo Friday 27 August 1920, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

SMITH - In loving memory of AB George Smith, R.N.D., killed in action in France, August 21st, 1918.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

From mother, father, sisters and brothers, Spencer road, Rushden.

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