Huthwaite War Memorial Project

SMITH A.E. 13531

Albert E. Smith

Albert E Smith

Private 13531 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regiment 10th Battalion

Died of Wounds France 13th October 1918 : Aged 29

Inchy Communal Cemetery Extension - B 12

Albert was the son of Mr and Mrs G Smith, addressing The Vaults House, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, for his Derbyshire birth place. Press releases indicate he was married, leaving a wife addressed in the New Hucknall Colliery houses at 78 Newcastle Street, Huthwaite. He was however, last employed by Ripley Urban District Council before enlisting just a fortnight after war broke out.

From Notts Free Press - 8th November, 1916 - Private A.E. Smith, Huthwaite

Official notice was received last Friday of the death from wounds at Etaples, France, of Private A.E. Smith, 13531, 10th. Battalion Notts and Derby Regiment. He died on October 13th. Private Smith, whose 30th. birthday would have occurred this week, lived at 78, Newcastle Street, Huthwaite, when he enlisted over four years ago, a fortnight after the war broke out to be precise. He was then employed by the Ripley Urban District Council. A year ago he was wounded seriously in the leg. He leaves a widow, but no children.
A letter from a chum, dated October 13th. reads as follows:-

  "A few brief lines, trusting you will not be quite so shocked as I anticipate, but I have the great misfortune to inform you that your husband has passed away from wounds, which he received whilst dressing the wound of one of his chums. He was greatly liked by the platoon, and the lads send their deepest sympathy to you. His personal belongings you will no doubt receive before many days, as they were securely packed and ready for sending. I thought it my painful duty to relieve you of the monotony of not hearing from him. - Private H.E. Raferty. 

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 20 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott