Mark Harold Smith


201729 Private Mark Harold Smith, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died In the Somme river offensive on 23 July 1916, aged 18 and just three weeks into the campaign. On the first day of the Somme, 1 July 1916, the British Army lost some 57,000 men. Battalions of the Oxford and Bucks suffered heavily. Mark's body was not found, but he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Ref: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D).

His birth, like that of his brother George Smith, was registered in Hammersmith, London. He was a son of Frederick and Clara Ann Smith who lived on Crown Road. See also reference to him in the Wheatley in a World at War chapter.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
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