known 17th November 1917
Official intimation has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Smith, of Common Lane, Royston, of the death in action of their son, Private Cyril Joseph Smith, Manchester Regt. Private Smith, who was 19 years and five months old, had been out in France four months. Prior to enlistment in December last year, he had, for three years, been employed at Messrs. Pickles, of Wakefield, and before that at Mr. Yardley's at Royston. He was a promising youth, unassuming, and a great favourite amongst his friends. Having become a soldier he set his mind to his duties and one of his officers in a letter states that he was singled out for promotion. He met his death on October 8th-9th, when an attack was made on an important ridge by East Lancs., Lancs. Fusiliers, and the Manchesters. Letters of sympathy have been received by the bereaved parents from Capt. Bolton, Lieut. Rostern and the Chaplain, Rev. W.T. Money. They all speak in high terms of Private Smith's noble bearing and self-sacrifice. Much sympathy is expressed with the deceased's parents, sisters and brothers.
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