ONLY BACK A FORTNIGHT (Burnley Express 9th November 1918)
Mr. And Mrs. Smith, of 18 Cotton-street, Burnley, have lost their only son, Pte. Richard Smith, 241413, of the East Lancashire Territorials, who died of wounds in France on October 20th. A single young man, now 26years of age, he joined the Army on April 28th 1915 and in January, 1916, went out to Egypt, coming to France in March, 1917. Since coming to the Western front he had been slightly gassed on one occasion. A sad fact is that he had only returned to France, after leave, a fortnight before he met his fatal wounds. Pte. Smith was previously a weaver at Stansfield’s Mill, in the Meadows, and he was associated with Holy Trinity Church. One brother-in-law is a prisoner of war in Germany, another is serving, being in England at the present time.
I contact you on behalf of my
wife who's Great Uncle Richard Smith, Pte. - 241413 'C' Company 1/5 Battalion
East Lancashire Regiment died 20th. October 2018 in Northern France (3
weeks before the end of the war) Richard is buried in the CWGC cemetery
Awoingt, Cambrai. We are visiting Northern France to visit the grave in
August this year. We shall be representing my wife's mother Elizabeth
Ashpool (nee Layfield) who will 103 this year and was Richards niece.
(Courtesy of Steve Nelson)