Absolom Smith was born in Oakham in October 1890, the son of Eli and Mary Smith. He had an elder brother and a younger sister. He had been a professional soldier since 1911, serving with the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, based in India. The battalion was sent to the Western Front at the beginning of the war and Absolom died in hospital on 12 March 1915 from injuries received in battle. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, grave III.C.87, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.
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