Fred Smith, Private 49278, 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 24th March 1918 in France, aged 23
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Fred’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 7 June 1918; his photo was printed the following week:
Mrs E Smith, 31 Water St, has received news that her son, Pte F Smith, Cheshire Regt, was killed in action on April 24th [sic]. Twenty-three years of age, Pte Smith enlisted about three years ago and went out to France twelve months later. A letter from the captain of the battalion stated that in the death of Pte Smith he had lost one of his best soldiers. Pte Smith was educated at Christ Church School and was employed by Mr Berisford in Hurdsfield. A brother is serving in Italy, and several other relatives are with the forces.
Private Fred Smith is commemorated on Panel Ref. Bay 5 and 6 of the Arras Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Smith, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.