Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Percy Claud Jacomb Smith

Photo of Percy Claud Jacomb Smith
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1911 - 1914.

Regiment: East Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 01 July 1916 aged 20 in France. Killed in action at the Somme.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 2C

Born: October 20th 1896. Son of Sydney Smith (Stock Broker) and Ethel Angeline Smith (formerly Jacomb), of "Endwood," 18, Grassington Rd., Eastbourne, Sussex, and Warnford Court, E.C.
Middle IV B-Army III. House Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment. 1915.

'At school he was a boy of great pluck and determination. His heart was set on entering the Army, and he would have made an excellent officer.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).

He was one of 8 officers killed in his battalion during the first day of the battle of the Somme at Fricourt. There is a detailed account in the unit war diary below.

Service record:WO 339/54050
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2161/2