Lance Corporal Thomas Smith

Lance Corporal Thomas Smith, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Duke of Wellington’s ( West Riding Regiment ). He was killed in action in France on 18th September 1916, aged 19, during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Mrs Charlotte Wilson Smith of 13 Quay Walls, Berwick and is buried in Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” With Christ Which Is Far Better”. The autumn rains and the incessant shelling had turned the ground into a glutinous quagmire in which it was difficult for men and machines to move as can be seen from the photographs. The colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today.

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