James Smith

Name

James Smith

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/07/1916
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sapper
66584
Royal Engineers
64th Field Company

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ
VII. W. 9.
France

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Records indicate that James was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and that at the time of his enlistment he was living in Stevenage.

Wartime Service

James arrived in France on the 11th May 1915. His company was serving with the 9th Division on the Somme and was, at the time of his death, attached to a South African Brigade. On the 10th July 1916, during the initial stages of the great Somme battle, the Company was sent to defend a position known as Longueval Alley which was a trench running from Bernafay Wood to Trones Wood. Fighting in the area was very heavy and it is not known at what point James was killed. He is buried in the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson