Altrincham WW1 

Stanley Smith

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:19th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Manchester Rgt (4th Mcr Pals)
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:London Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse (Wancourt Rd)
Town Memorial:Hale
Extra Information:
Born during the September quarter 1897 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref:
8a/194, the elder son of Edward & Elizabeth Smith (nee Davidson).

1901 Census - 67 Ashfield Road, Altrincham.   Son - aged: 3 - born:
Altrincham.  Head of household - Edward Smith - Married - aged: 43 - occ:
Joiner Builder - born: Altrincham.   Also Elizabeth Smith - Wife - aged: 29
- born: Altrincham.   Plus his paternal uncle and 1 domestic servant.

1911 Censuis - 68 Victoria Road, Hale.   Son - aged: 13 - born: Altrincham.
  Head of household - Edward Smith - Married - aged: 56 - occ: Joiner
Builder - born: Altrincham.   Also Elizabeth Smith - Wife - aged: 39 -
born: Altrincham.   Plus his 2 younger siblings.

Attended the Bradbury School, Hale.   Member of the Bowdon Presbyterian
Church Choir.     Employed by Messrs. George Peake & Co, Portland St,

Enlisted in July 1916 and drafted to the front in November 1916.   MIC only
confirms that he was awarded just the BWM & the VM - no other details.

The 19th (Service) Battalion (4th City) was formed in Manchester on the
28th August 1914 by the Lord Mayor and City.   Initially established at
Heaton Park but moved in April 1915 to Belton Park, Grantham where they
were placed under the command of the 30th Division, 90th Brigade.  Moved on
to Larkhill in September 1915 and on the 6th November 1915, they landed at
Boulogne, France.   On the 21st December 1915 they were transferred to the
21st Brigade, still within the 30th Division.

Involved in the Battles of the Scarpe 1917 when he was killed two days
before the start of the Second Battle of the Scarpe.   Death reported in
the 08/05/1917 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.

London Cemetery contains 747 burials and commemorations of the First World
War. 318 of the burials are unidentified and on a screen wall are panels
bearing the names of casualties buried in the following four cemeteries,
whose graves were destroyed by shell fire:-

NEUVILLE0-VITASSE MILL CEMETERY, close to a German strong point on the road
to Mercatel; BEAURAINS ROAD CEMETERY No.2, just North-West of

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1918.

Memorials found on:
St. John's (Altrincham)
St. Margaret's (Dunham Massey)
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
Trinity Presbyterian ChurchBradbury Central School
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