SMITH, Alfred A.
6th Durham light infantry
One of the six sons of John and Margaret (nee Stout) Smith of 3. Bridgegate.
Alfred was the last of the five Smith sons to be killed in the war, after John, Frederick, George and Robert. His death prompted Mrs Bircham to write to the Queen regarding the "Heavily Bereaved" family.
Alfred was married to Mary Smith of Thorngate. They had four children together.
Died of wounds
Terlincthun British Cemetery
Alfred was wounded in action in July 1918 and died later on that month. In a letter to the Smith family , Lieutenant W . E. Meikle wrote about how he considered Alfred a "gallant comrade".
Prior to the war Alfred had worked as a mason's labourer.
In June 1917 he was wounded in France and spent a short furlough at home recovering.
Writing home in 1915 Alfred wrote:
"This is a nerve-straining job out here, we are having rather a rough time of it, but we are still as game as ever. We have about got used to it now and take no notice of shot and shell. I have seen many Belgian towns and villages wrecked, and the beautiful churches are all in ruins. I have had many narrow places to get out of but I haver always got through".