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He was the youngest son of Tommy, (deceased) and Fanny Smith of 40 Newgate Lane, Mansfield.
Milk Seller
21 Aug 1918
27
638705 - CWGC Website
16423
Private
  • MM MM Military Medal
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Ernest enlisted in Mansfield and served with the 11th battalion Sherwood Foresters and was attached 70th Infantry HQ . His medal index cards show he first entered a theatre of war in France on 27th August 1915. He was awarded a military medal and subsequently won a bar to it. Military Medal Citation: London Gazette 21/09/1916; "for gallantry and devotion to duty on 1st July 1916, when in the attack near Ovilles". Bar to Military Medal: London Gazette: 21/10/1918; "for gallantry and devotion to duty during the action at San Sisto Ridge, Italy om 15/06/1918". He was killed in action in Italy on 21st August 1918 and is buried in Magnaboschi British Cemetery Asiago Plateau Italy grave reference plot 1 row E grave 7
The family grave at Mansfield Cemetery reads ;- Thomas Smith beloved husband of Fanny Smith who died March 4th 1905 aged 46 years , 'In the midst of life we are in death' also Fanny beloved wife of the above who died March 11th 1927 aged 67 years ' Peace perfect peace' also Pte E Smith M.M. and Bar 11th Sherwood Foresters , youngest son of the above, killed in action August 18th 1918 aged 27 years , interred in Italy.
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  • The family grave of the Smith family at Mansfield Cemetery commemorating Ernest Smith. 
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Ernest Smith - The family grave of the Smith family at Mansfield Cemetery commemorating Ernest Smith. Courtesy of Peter Gillings
  • The family grave of the Smith family at Mansfield Cemetery commemorating Ernest Smith. 
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Ernest Smith - The family grave of the Smith family at Mansfield Cemetery commemorating Ernest Smith. Courtesy of Peter Gillings