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Jack Smith enlisted as a Private in the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 12 September 1913. He was given the service number 1474.

In August 1914, with the raising of the new Territorial Battalions Jack was posted into 1/4th Battalion in Preston, these were part of the North Lancashire Brigade in West Lancashire Division.

Later in the month they moved to Bedford as part of 154th Brigade.

On 13 April 1915 orders were received for the 154th Brigade / 51st (Highland) Division. to prepare for embarkation for service overseas. The Battalion left Bedford bound for Folkestone early in the morning of 04 May, sailing onboard S.S Onward, they landed at Boulogne later that day. The strength of the Battalion on this first day was 31 Officers; 1003 Other Ranks.

In January 1916 the Battalion was transferred to the 164th Brigate in 55th (West Lancashire) Division. 

Sometime after January 1917 Jack was wounded and returned to England. Jack transferred to 544th Company, Labour Corps. His new service number was 325008.

Jack was discharged due to his wounds on 04 June 1918. He was issued with Silver War Badge number 394483.

For his war service, Jack was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Unfortunately his service and pension records have not survived.

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