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Date of Death
26 Sep 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Harold Smallbones, 37164, 1st Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, was killed in action on September 26th, 1917.
Second Lieut V. W. Rudkin wrote that Pte Smallbones was sleeping at the time he met his death when a shell exploded nearby. A chum who had a lucky escape said he was only ten yards from the spot where Harold was killed by the shell.
Northall-born Harold Smallbones had been an agricultural labourer working for nurserymen W. E. Wallace & Son, of Eaton Bray. In 1911 he married Lizzie Lugsden in the Leighton Buzzard registration area, possibly at Eaton Bray, where Lizzie lived and near the Northall home of his parents William and Elizabeth.
He later moved with Lizzie to live at 58 Dallow Road, Luton, and joined the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot. He was transferred to the Royal West Surreys before going to France, where he saw 12 months service.
Lizzie remarried in late 1920. Harold is commemorated on the Luton, Eaton Bray and Eaton Bray Wesleyan War Memorials.