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Monday, 4 August 2014

A Longridge Casualty of the First World War

A photographic portrait of a First World War soldier has been identified as being of a Longridge casualty. Private James Smith died on 29 April 1918 aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing in Belgium. In the 1911 Census, his occupation is listed as 'Wheelwright and Joiners assistant'. He lived with his parents, Henry and Mary Smith at No. 5 Isabella Street, Longridge.

A exhibition of First World War memorabilia, including Private Smith's portrait (below) is currently on display at Longridge Library. More information on the Tyne Cot Memorial can be found HERE






No. 5 Isabella Street, Longridge 2014
War Grave Registers were produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on a cemetery-by-cemetery or memorial-by-memorial basis, and eventually ran to 1,500 volumes. They contain an entry for each individual, with details of their rank, regiment, unit and date of death. Many of the entries also include additional information such as next of kin details.

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