BORN OVINGTON, SUFFOLK, 1890. LIVED WITH PARENTS ROBERT SMITH (1852-1928) & ANN SMITH (1851-1931), UP TO 1911. HE HAD SIX BROTHERS AND FIVE SISTER. CAME FROM A FARMING FAMILY AND WORKED AS A FARM LABOURER. EMPLOYED AT WEST ELLA GRANGE, HULL. HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS, ON 06/02/1915. PROMOTED TO CORPORAL, 13/1300, 13TH EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. WOUNDED AND CAPTURED AT SERRE, ON 13/11/1916. DIED OF WOUNDS ON 17/11/1916, AGED 26. HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS MOTHER, ANN.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. CORPORAL HARRY SMITH 13/1300. Born in 1890, Harry was one of nine children to Robert and Ann Smith of Ovington, Essex. When war broke out, he was employed as an Under Keeper at West Ella Grange, Anlaby, Hull. He enlisted at City Hall on 6th February 1915 originally in the 13th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment before transferring to the 12th on his arrival in France in June 1916. Harry was listed as missing following the attack on the ruins of the French village of Serre during the last desperate days of the ill-fated Somme campaign. His parents must have lived in hope he had miraculously survived until word reached the top brass via the American Embassy on 16th March 1917 that he had died of wounds as a German prisoner on 17th November 1916. Harry is buried in Ontario Cemetery; he was 26 years old.
Serre, 13th November 1916 | Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 – 1918 (ww1hull.com)