Corporal Edwin Francis Smart

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

11 Feb 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation



Scott & Smart, Stuart Street, Luton.

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

75 Leagrave Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Laventie Military Cemetery
La Gorgue

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 22nd February 1917
Cpl Edwin Francis Smart


Cpl Edwin Francis 'Teddy' Smart, 233570, 2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), died on February 11th, 1917, from wounds sustained the previous day on a Flanders battlefield. Less than a month earlier he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for what he had described as "doing something in the field".

In a letter to parents George and Elizabeth Smart, of 75 Leagrave Road, Luton, "his old pal" L-Cpl P. Inskip wrote: "He and some of our other men went out wiring on the night of the 9th, when he was hit with a sniper bullet through the back. We did our best in getting back into the trench, and he was quite conscious when I left him, but about 24 hours afterwards he died in hospital.

"He was buried with several others in a British cemetery with the full service, and a cross marks his grave. He will be very much missed by all the fellows in his platoon, who thought so much of him."

It was only in the previous weekend's Saturday Telegraph that news of Cpl Smart's DCM was published. In a letter to his parents, Cpl Smart wrote: "I am enclosing 'Dis' (Distinguished Conduct) card, which was presented to me by the C.O. for doing something in the field. Just fancy me getting recommended. Three more Beds fellows who were with me got the same. It is worth keeping, but I only ask you one thing...and that is, don't you go showing it to everybody."

Cpl Smart had enlisted at the outbreak of war while only 17 years old and landed in France on August 29th, 1916. An old boy of Old Bedford Road School, he was working at the time at the blockmaking firm of Scott and Smart, Stuart Street.

Edwin's older brother, Pte George Smart, was serving in Egypt. He had gone through the Dardanelles campaign with a machine gun corps.

[Commonweath War Graves records list Edwin Smart as a private.]

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Cpl Edwin Francis Smart

Author: Deejaya

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