Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Raymond Smith

Photo of Raymond Smith
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1903 - 1906.

Regiment: Border Regt.
Died: 01 July 1916 aged 27 in France. Killed in action at the Somme.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 7C

Born May 23rd 1889. Son of Francis Paul Smith, Greystone, Dale, Haltwhistle.
Modern IIIóLower Modern I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
In business.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th Bn. Border Regiment. 1914, Captain.

'Raymond Smith was loved by all who knew him. His influence was always for good: he was a very faithful O.M., and there never was a keener man in whatever he took up. His character was transparently sincere and attractive.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).

'Authille Wood. 1/7/16. Zero time 7.30am. Battalion advanced from assembly trenches at 8am and came under very heavy machine gun fire suffering over 500 casualties. Captain R Smith was one of ten officers killed.' (Unit War Diary).

Service record:WO 339/21844
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2403/1