Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Edward George SMITH

Private 1826

1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

Killed in Action 30th October 1916 aged 23

Born in Stanstead Abbotts in 1893 son of William and Mary, he had four brothers and five sisters.  The family had moved to Musley Hill in Ware by 1901 and in April 1911 were living at 168 Musley Hill and his father worked as a lift labourer at Allen and Hanbury Manufacturing Chemists and Edward was a mill hand.

Edward enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Hertfordshire Regiment as a territorial solder on 18th October 1911. On 5th August 1914 the battalion was embodied for war service and sent to Bury St Edmunds for further training where they remained for two months. They left there on 5th November and went to Le Havre via Southampton.  They were part of the 4th Guards Brigade and were sometimes called the Hertfordshire Guards, and on arrival were sent on to Hooge in Belgium.  In 1915 they fought at Cuinchy in February, Festubert in May and at Loos in September.  The following year they took part in the first Somme campaign, taking part in the battles for the Ancre Heights and the Schwaben Redoubt.  Edward was killed on the day that his unit were leaving the front line.

He is buried in Connaught Cemetery at Thiepval.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal