Corporal Charles David Fiennes Smith

Corporal Charles David Fiennes Smith

7th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

Service no: 14418029

Died 18th October 1944 age 19 years.

Commemorated at Maacheeze (Sterksel Monastery) Cemetery.

Parents Revd. Charles Whadcoat Smith M.A. and Ruth Fiennes Gwendoline Smith, of Halton Holegate Rectory.  (Revd. Smith was Rector of Halton Holegate from 1943 to his retirement in 1971. He died on 17th May 1985.)

Excerpts of an article taken from The Standard 20th June 1945.

Award for gallantry.

“The rector of Halton Holegate, near Spilsby, has just received word that, on the recommendation of the Commander in Chief of the 21st Army, H.M. The King has advised the mention in dispatches of Cpl. Charles David Fiennes Smith, who died of wounds while leading his men in battle in North-West Europe on October 18th of last year, at the early age of 19. The award was for gallantry while David was a Lance-Corporal in the Norfolk Regiment. David had just completed his education at St John’s school, Leatherhead when he decided to postpone the continuation of his studies and ‘do his bit’ for King and country.”

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