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Name: Robert Leslie Smith Service Number: 86638 Rank: Private Battalion: 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, British Infantry Date of Birth: May 22, 1892 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: November 27, 1914 (Second Life Guards) January 1915 (Motor Transport Army Service Corps) April 1917 (6th Middlesex Regiment) Date of Death: October 12, 1918 Age at Death: 26 Cemetery: Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave Reference: Plot: III. A. 3. Commemorated on Page 593 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on December 22 Commemorated on the family Stone, Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, N.S. Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument He was the son of the late Capt. Andrew Norman Smith (1856 -1910) and Emily Annette (Monroe) Smith, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Robert was employed with William Thomson & Company, St. John, NB before enlisting. In Liverpool, England, Robert enlisted on November 27, 1914 with the Second Life Guards but transferred to Motor Transport Army Service Corps in January 1915. He went to France on May 9, 1915 with the Divisional Supply Column and transferred to a Heavy Machine Gun Corps, General Workshop, on January 8, 1917. In April 1917 he was transferred to the 6th Middlesex Regiment and went to in France in June 1917 with the 23rd Middlesex Regiment “B” Company. He was severely wounded and gassed in mid-September 1917 and spent a year in hospital in England. He returned to France with the 4th Middlesex Regiment “D” Company, 14th Platoon. He was killed in action on the Solesmes Road near Briastre on October 12, 1918.
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Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 314-315)