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Pte. Charles Henry Smith
British Army 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
from:Ashby De La Zouch
(d.22nd Nov 1917)Charles Henry Smith joined the Grenadier Guards at the age of 15, lying about his age. Apparently this was with the permission of his father. Harry as he was known was killed aged 16, weeks after the Battle of Loos. His name is on the Loos Memorial at Dud Cemetery and the Memorial in Ashby De La Zouch. The actual cause of his death is a bit of a mystery as according to the regimental diary his unit was behind the lines at the time of his death - but sporadic sniper fire was reported. He was a stretcher bearer at this time so could go some way to explaining what happened.
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