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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials



GORDON ALBERT SMITH


Rifleman    S/8321

9th Battalion, Rifle Regiment


who died on 25 September 1915       Age 25

Gordon Smith was the son of William and Sarah Smith of Boughton. The 1901 census showed Gordon as the oldest of seven children living with their parents at Poplar Square. Gordon was then ten years old and his father was working as a bricklayers labourer


Rifleman Smith is remembered with honour at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, where his name appears amongst those listed between panels 46 to 48 and panel 50. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.


The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders.  The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites.The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It  bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.

Photos - Owen

Sources:

National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.  1901 England census database.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org


Menin Gate

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