Alfred Louis Smith

Alfred Louis Smith

Alfred Louis SmithAlfred was 22 years old when he enlisted in October 1916. He was working as a farm laborer and living with his parents, Alfred and Mary Ann, on Ferndale, west of Ross.

Alfred arrived in France in August 1917 after spending time in England. Just six weeks later he was killed in heavy fighting with the 40th Battalion at Ypres.

Because he was first listed as wounded and missing in action, it was some time before the Court of Enquiry concluded that he had been killed. Alfred’s effects were never recovered.

This image shows Alfred’s signature from his enlistment papers.

Alfred’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.