Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2017, Gunner Kurt Adrian Smith passed away while in service with the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Being in the army was all he had ever wanted to do, so he joined up at the age of sixteen, and trained at the Army Foundation College at Harrogate in North Yorkshire. He relished the opportunity to box in the army, being a keen bantamweight who won his share of matches. Gunner Smith served with 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, stationed at Catterick Garrison, and saw service in Kenya and Northern Ireland. His last posting was to the 12th Regiment Royal Artillery on Thorney Island in West Sussex.
Gunner Smith is remembered as a kind young man with a huge smile and personality - well-liked and much-missed, a true friend, someone who made the world a brighter place for those who knew him.
In 2017 his mother, Trena, had placed his army boots on his grave in the Hereford Cemetery, but before long they were stolen. On reading her appeal for their return, Dan Johnson and Rachel Lewis raised funds by doing a sponsored walk from Hay Bluff to Llanthony Priory, and arranged for Gunner Smith’s mother to receive an ornamental boot for her son’s grave. Gunner’s Smith’s favourite place as a child and as a teenager was a duck pond near to where he lived – funds raised went to the purchase of a metal bench which was placed there in his memory and to highlight mental health in those serving.
Kurt, from Hereford, was 25 years old and married with two small children.