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Harold SMITH

Private 1592 Harold SMITH
1st/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

Killed in Action,   Thursday 11th February 1915,   Dranoutre, France,   age 18

Home address:Castle Street, Newton, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1897, Broadbottom, Cheshire
Parents:Mary Ann Smith and Joseph Hadfield Smith
52 Clarendon Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Single
Occupation:Piecer, Cotton Mill
Enlisted:Hyde, Cheshire
Remembered:Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium,
plot IV, row G, grave 28.
Link to Hyde:Lived in Hyde

Brother to Private 1252 Ernest Mitchell Smith, Private 18923 Herbert Smith and Lance Corporal 22181 Leonard Smith.

From the North Cheshire Herald, 20th February page 8 column 3:

A Patriotic Newton Family
Well-Known Tram Guard Killed. Member of Patriotic Family
The sad news of the death of Private Harold Smith of Castle Street, Newton, of the 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment (Territorial Force), reached the news on Wednesday last, the report stating “1,592 Private H. Smith killed: bullet wound in neck: [Death] instantaneous, 11th February 1915”. Private H. Smith who reached his 18th birthday since the Territorials were mobilised, was well known throughout the district as a guard on the Joint Board*, where his cheery disposition had won for him popularity.

In his last letters home he said:
I am sending you a parcel to keep for me till I return. We went into the trenches on Thursday afternoon, the 28th, doing 95 hours. We are now standing by ready to go in again at a moment's notice.

On the 8th inst he wrote:
We go into the trenches again to-morrow (Tuesday), for another eight days

When the sad news of his death was told to his mother, she was writing a letter to her son. Two other brothers of deceased are now serving with the colours.

* The Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Tramways & Electricity Board (SHMD), a public transport and electricity supply organisation.