War Service: Edward Smith served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery and his service number was 11710. He died of his wounds sustained during a gas attack on 6th June 1919, aged 27.
Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.
Details: Edward Smith was born in 1892 to John William and Ellen Smith of Addy Street, Deptford. He had two brothers; John William Smith who also saw active service, and Thomas. He had five sisters Elizabeth, Rosina, Harriett, Mary and Jane.
He enlisted in the army on 19th March 1915 at East Dulwich and gave his occupation as an engineer’s labourer. He was described as being 5ft 8 /12 inches tall and had a tattoo of a heart on his right forearm and a scar on his left forearm.
Gunner Smith was wounded on the 19th September 1917 and again on the 4th October 1917 when he had gas poisoning. He also received a gunshot wound on 12th May 1918. He was discharged on 3rd February 1919 due to heart disease and pneumonia.
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