Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Trooper Victor Dey Smedmore, the Household Battalion, was killed in action near Arras in France.
Born and raised in Jamaica, he had sailed to England with several companions to enlist, arriving in Bristol on the 15th of August in 1915. He joined 1st Battalion, the Life Guards, and over a year later was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force as part of the Household Battalion. This was an infantry battalion of the British army, formed from the reserves of the Household Cavalry regiments due to the need for infantry on the Western Front.
Trooper Smedmore was wounded in action twice before being killed near Arras. His mother received the death notice from the War Office with the information that he had been buried “at a point just north west of Monchy Le Preux, south east of Arras”, but sadly his burial site has not been discovered. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial in Faubourg-d’Amiens in France, and on the war memorial at Wolmer’s School in Kingston.
Victor, from Kingston, Jamaica, was 32 years old