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Person Details
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
He was the son of Tom and Elizabeth Smith of Gilbert's Bar Newborough near Peterborough. He was the husband of Hilda Smith of 46, Chilwell Road, Beeston, Nottingham.
04 Dec 1916
81919 - CWGC Website
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Wilfrid Smith entered theatre (France) after 1 January 1916 and only served with 9th Battalion. He was wounded On 29th November 1916 during a battalion relief. The relief was chaotic as firstly 'A' company's guides got lost bringing the new detachment up and then the new battalion moved into dugouts instead of the front line. The relief began at 6 pm on 29th and it was 3.05 am before it was finished. The enemy laid down heavy shelling at 10 am and 5 pm knowing that a relief was due. Eight men died or sustained wounds from which they would die on 29th November. Wilfrid was taken back to the Casualty Clearing Station at Contay, Somme and died of his wounds on 4th December 1916.
Contay British Cemetery, Grave Reference: VII C 18
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  • Photo by John Morse
    Wilfrid Smith's CWGC headstone - Photo by John Morse