Remembering Today 29/6/42 Private:R.E.J.Smith,4755401,6th Bn. Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Private SMITH, REGINALD EDWARD JOHN (JACK)
    Service Number 4755401

    Died 29/06/1942

    Aged 26

    6th Bn.
    Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)

    Son of Frederick William and Gwendoline Smith, of Greenford, Middlesex.


    INSCRIPTION
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF JACK, SADLY MISSED BY US ALL. MUM AND DAD
    Casualty
    Buried at EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY

    Location: Egypt
    Number of casualties: 6480

    Cemetery/memorial reference: X. C. 16.
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Looks like his dad was a WW1er
    British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
    Name: Reginald Edward John Smith
    Birth Date: 2 Aug 1915
    Birth Place: Westmisnter
    Document Year: 1915
    Relationship to Soldier: Child
    Form Title: Descriptive Report Enlistment
    Other Records:
    Family Members:
    Name Relation to Soldier
    Frederick William Smith Self (Head)
    Gwendoline Kelly Spouse
    Reginald Edward John Smith Child


    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Reginald Smith
    Given Initials: R E J
    Rank: Private
    Death Date: 29 Jun 1942
    Number: 4755401
    Birth Place: London (not otherwise specified)
    Residence: Middlesex
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own Yorkshire Regiment)
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    TD
     
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  3. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    29 Rothesay Avenue, Ealing M.B., Middlesex
    NAME DOB OCCUPATION
    Frederick Smith 30 Aug 1885 Stone Mason Heavv Work
    Gwendoline Smith 22 Dec 1893 Unpaid Domes
    Reginald E Smith 02 Aug 1915 Shop Assistant
    Daphne E Hall (Smith) 06 Dec 1920 Statistical Clerk
    Frederick Will Smith 02 Apr 1924 Block Printers Assistant
    Sorry, this record is officially closed
    Derek Smith 11 Jul 1932 At School
    John Ketley 02 May 1856 Old Age Pensioner
    George Gage 20 Jan 1888 Wages Clerk Ledge
    Leonard Whittaker 03 Dec 1886 Post Office Porter
     
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  4. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Pte REJ Smith was killed during the break-out from Mersa Matruh, an action every bit as daring as the breakout from the Gazala line two weeks earlier.

    Once again the 50th (Northumbrian) Division were acting as rearguard for the 8th Army as it retreated and were in defensive positions near Mersa Matruh. They were hemmed in by the Axis forces and had to break-out.

    The 69th Infantry Brigade, 50 Div, to whom the 6th Bn Green Howards belonged, planned to head south for the open desert, had the enemy to the east, a minefield in front, a ravine to the west and couldn’t go back north (as the enemy was also there), and whilst finding their escape had to run a 3 mile gauntlet of enemy fire, including shelling and anti-tank rounds.
     
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