IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

ST MAXENT Communal Cemetery (Somme France)

J. A. E. S. Smith - D. Fraser - Unknown (01/06/1940)
Photo Courtesy Regis Biaux (Fr)
Fus John A. E. S. Smith aged 35
Son of William and Ellenor Smith, husband of Dora Smith, (two children, Billy and Pat), of 4 Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
He was former bus driver.
Pre war, John had spent two years serving with the Territorials.
He was a well known sportsman in North East boxing circles, having fought at a ten stone weight.
He fought regularly at St. James Boxing Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
John's father was formerly landlord of the Cross Inn, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Having been wounded by a trench mortar shell, John died soon after and was laid to rest in the grounds of a large house that was being used as a field hospital.
Company Sergeant Major E. Burns carried out the burial service.
for Jim Tuckwell

2 casualties

United Kingdom Private Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 4th Bn. Age 25 Date of Death 05/06/1940 Service No 2930831

United Kingdom Fusilier Royal Northumberland Fusiliers 7th Bn. Age 35 Date of Death 05/06/1940 Service No 4271474

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