Signaller Cyril Osborne Smith

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

15 Jan 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation

Hat factory worker


Down & Pope, John Street

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

3 Salisbury Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Vadencourt British Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 14th February 1918
Luton War Memorial

Signaller Cyril Osborne Smith, 30387, 1/1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry, was killed by a shell on January 15th, 1918, while in action in France. He was aged 21 and a son of Frank William and Annie Elizabeth Smith, of 3 Salisbury Road, Luton.

The following day, Major A. C. S. Benning, the second in command and son of Dunstable's Town Clerk, wrote to Mr Smith: "It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, who was killed instantaneously by a shell yesterday afternoon. He was buried this afternoon, and his grave has been carefully marked. A wooden cross will be erected in the course of a few days."

Major Benning added: "He was one of the best signallers in the regiment, and was next on the squadron list to be promoted to Cpl-Signaller."

Cyril Smith joined up in September 1914, having been working at the time for hat manufacturers Messrs Down & Pope, John Street. He was associated with St Saviour's Church, and had been in France for two and a half years without injury.

Brother Edmund was serving in Salonica with the Army Service Corps, while another brother, Graham, had been sent into munitions from the Army.

Individual Location

Luton War Memorial

Author: Deejaya

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