Known information

Bryan Smith was the son of Thomas and Annie Smith and born at Welham in Leicestershire on 12 November 1889. He was married and lived with his wife Clara and child in Nuneaton where he was working as a butcher's assistant before enlisting on 25 August 1916. He went to France on 30 January 1917, and was killed in action at Cambrai on 30 November. He is buried in New British Cemetery, Gouzeaucourt. We do not know what his link to Barleythorpe is but he appears on the war memorial in Langham so must have spent some considerable time in the locality. See below for new information

Photograph below courtesy Langham Village History Group

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I believe that Bryan's link to Barleythorpe was through his parents, Thomas and Annie Smith, who had moved to that village sometime between 1901 and 1911. The census of 1911 records Thomas, living in Barleythorpe and working as a "cowman on a farm".
By Jaynerutland on Tuesday 27th May '14 at 4:05pm
2 images A picture of Mr Smith's grave, visited on 11 November 2014
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 11:09am
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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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