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Private Smith was the son of William and Jane Smith, of Croft Cottage, The Street, Boughton, and the husband of Elizabeth Smith, of Boughton Church Cottages. He was a bell ringer at Boughton Church, and worked at Grove Court. In the 1911 census, Clarence Smith was aged 22 and was a farm labourer, living in his parents household, at Croft Cottage, The Street, Boughton. In 1912 Clarence married Elizabeth Ines, of Boughton Church Cottages, and a son, Clarence R Smith, was born in 1913.
Private Smith is remembered with honour at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, where his name appears amongst those listed on Bay 2. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial, at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917.
The cemetery contains over 2,650 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 10 of which are unidentified. The adjacent ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. One of the most conspicuous events of this period was the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, which is when Private Smith was killed in action.
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National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
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