SMITH Absolom

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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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  • Oakham Church
  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial N-T
  • Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
  • Boulogne Eastern Cemetery 4RR
  • A Smith 2
  • A Smith 1
  • A Smith 1RR

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Absolom was born in Oakham in Oct 1890, he had four older siblings and three younger. He was injured and died of these injuries on 12th March 1915. He was my Great Uncle.
By Al on Monday 20th October '14 at 6:08pm
3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 7 January 2015
By John Stokes on Friday 9th January '15 at 9:18am
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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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