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Thomas Albert Smith was born in Little Hulton, Lancashire on 2nd January 1895.

On 11th October 1915, Thomas enlisted in the 5th Territorial Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, initially being given the service number 29552.

At some point between January and October 1916, Thomas sailed for France to join the 8th (Service) Battalion. He was also appointed Acting Corporal.

On the night of the 12th / 13th October 1916 Thomas was wounded in his right arm and leg.

12th / 13th October 1916 – Thiepval

Thiepval had been taken by the Germans during the preceding fortnight. It was now the turn of the 8th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment to try and capture Stuff Redoubt, from where the enemy were holding the crest of the ridge overlooking Grandcourt Valley.

The plan was that our troops would attack ‘the mounds’ immediately north of Stuff Redoubt, but before the attack had chance to get started, the Germans made a strong attack themselves, using their special ‘storm troops’ they gained a good portion of our line along Thiepval Spur before they were finally ejected.

During this attack, four officers and 33 other ranks were killed, 5 officers and 156 men were wounded, and a further 49 men were missing.

 

Having been wounded, Corporal Thomas Albert Smith was transported back to England.

On 25th December 1916 he was presented with the Queens Gift book by Prince George in the King George Hospital, London. From here he was transferred to Hammersmith Military Hospital, Shepherds Bush until returning home on 4th August 1917.

Thomas Smith was discharged from the Army due to his wounds on 25th August 1917. He was issued Silver War Badge number 231610.

He was still at that time having difficulty in writing with his right hand. He described himself in the gift book as ‘Pensioner Thomas Albert Smith; late Corporal T A Smith’.

Thomas Albert Smith died on 28th September 1957.

 

Unfortunately no service, or pension records appear to have survived.

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One Response to 7340 PTE. T. A. SMITH. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Sheena Baylis says:

    Thanks for expanding on my grandad’s war service as although I knew he was wounded I did not know where he had obtained his injuries.

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