Private Rudolph Smith (1892-1917)

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Rudolph Smith, known to his fellow soldiers as 'Jack', was born in 1892 in Cherry Burton. He was the youngest of five children born to Richard Smith and his wife Mary Adelaide (nee Smith).
As a young man with experience of working with horses, Rudolph enlisted in the Cavalry. He joined the 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Royal Hussars. The 18th Hussars took part in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat and then in the battles of the Marne and the Aisne. The Regiment spent much of the next two and a half years or so as dismounted infantry in trench-holding duties on various parts of the front. In June 1917 the Regiment formed part of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and worked on the construction of new trenches near Lens.
Whilst digging trenches in no-man's-land near the Lievin-Lens Road on the night of 20/21 June 1917, Rudolph was killed, along with five others, by a trench mortar. They are buried in adjoining graves at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais.
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