Regiment: 491st Field Company, Royal Engineers
Parents: Mr George & Mrs William Smith
Parent’s Address: 11 Gladstone Cottages, Church Street, Cirencester
Other Info: An article published in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer on 8th July 1916 reads: “We regret to have to announce the death of Sapper G. W. Smith, R.E. He was killed with a comrade by a shell on July 1st. His loss is deeply felt by the whole of the officers and men of the Company, among whom he was most popular, also by his many friends here.
He was very devoted to his work, and had previously had several very narrow escapes. Deceased, who was very well known locally, was for some time assistant to Mr J. Watson, jeweller and optician, Queens Road, and joined up soon after war broke out. Some time ago he brought over several souvenirs, which are still being exhibited in Mr Watson’s window.
According to CWGC, George died aged 25 on 1st July 1916. He is remembered at Wailly Orchard Cemetery, grave reference I.C.9.
Published: July 1916
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