Smith, Edgar

Edgar Smith, Private M2/222513, 818th M.T. Coy. Army Service Corps
Died of pneumonia 6th October 1918 in Iraq, aged 29

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Sidney Smith, of Macclesfield; husband of Florence E Smith, of Braemar, Meliden, Prestatyn, Flintshire.

 

WW1 SERVICE

The death of Private Smith was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 18 October 1918:

Mrs Smith, Hurleyville, Buxton Road, Macclesfield, has received news that her husband, Private Edgar Smith, ASC (MT) died on October 6th from pneumonia following an attack of dysentery. Pte Smith was the youngest son of… [a correction the following week states he was the son of Mr Sidney Smith], trimming manufacturer, Royal Depot Mills, and was a partner in the firm of Messrs D M Catlow and Co. Thirty years of age, he enlisted about two years ago and was drafted out to Mesopotamia in June, 1917. He had an attack of dysentery and his wife received a cable in April that he was dangerously ill. Shortly afterwards more reassuring news arrived, but three weeks ago the information in the first cable was repeated and on Saturday came the notification of his death. Pte Smith was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School, Holmes Chapel Agricultural College, Edinburgh University and in Switzerland. He leaves a wife and one child.

 

NOTES

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Edgar Smith is buried at Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, in grave XII. F. 9. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Edgar Smith, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Edgar Smith is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, Macclesfield Grammar School and Macclesfield Golf Club war memorials.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 18 October 1918


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