Private George William Sturdey, 1st Battalion, the South Wales Borderers; Lance Corporal Edward Hall, the Yorkshire Regiment; Sergeant Thomas Alfred Smith, 1st/4th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment.

April 12, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1918, 2,465 members of the British armed forces lost their lives in the Great War.  Among them were:

Private George William Sturdey, 1st Battalion, the South Wales Borderers.  He died of wounds sustained while assisting as a stretcher bearer on the Western front.  He lies buried in the Lillers Community Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France, and on his headstone are the words, “His duty nobly done”.  From St. Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex, George was 24 years old.

Lance Corporal Edward Hall, the Yorkshire Regiment.  He enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, transferred during the war to the Yorkshire Regiment, and died of wounds received on the Western front.  He has no known grave and is remembered on the Ploegstreert Memorial at Ypres, the war memorial at Llanfyllin and the Montgomeryshire County War Memorial.  Born in Wem, Shropshire, Edward was 29 years old and married.

Sergeant Thomas Alfred Smith, 1st/4th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment.  One of a family of eight children, he worked as a gardener before enlisting.  He died of wounds received during the Battle of Estaires, and is buried in the Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery at La Gorgue in France.  On his headstone are the words, “Their glory shall not be blotted out”.  Born in Eccup, West Yorkshire, Thomas was 24 years old.

 

 

 

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