Smith, Albert (No. 17005)

Smith, Albert

Rifleman

No. 17005, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (YCVs)

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162 A & 163 A)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

Albert Smith was born at 15 minutes past midnight on 14 July 1895 at 55 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Lanarkshire and he was a son of John and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith (nee Haddock, sometimes Haddick) who were married on 31 August 1892 in Partick.

The Smith family moved to Belfast where they lived at 20 Lonsdale Street before they moved to Bangor where they lived at 94 Hamilton Road.

John Smith was a master bootmaker and he and Lizzie had at least ten children:

Edith (born around 1893/1894 in Partick, Lanarkshire)

Albert (born 14 July 1895 at 55 Dumbarton Road, Partick, Lanarkshire)

John (born 17 July 1897 at Maze, Lisburn)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 19 November 1899 at 22 Duncairn Street, Belfast)

Lucinda (born 26 June 1902 at 2 Melrose Street, Belfast)

Sarah (born 9 June 1904 at 2 Melrose Street, Belfast)

Etheline (born 27 July 1906 at 2 Melrose Street, Belfast)

George (born 10 August 1908 at 22 Antrim Road, Belfast)

Edward (born 9 October 1911 in Lonsdale Street, Belfast)

Allan (born 3 April 1914 at 94 Hamilton Road, Bangor)

John Smith was proprietor of the Belfast and Glasgow Boot Repairing Company and, prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Albert worked as an apprentice bootmaker with his father.

Albert Smith joined the Young Citizen Volunteers (YCV), an organisation launched on 10 September 1912, which later became a Battalion of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

Albert Smith enlisted in Belfast, served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on 16 August 1917 at the Battle of Langemarck.  At that time his brother John was also on active service.

Rifleman Albert Smith (No. 17005) was 22 when he died, and he has no known grave.

Rifleman Albert Smith (No. 17005) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 67); on the RBL Bangor Branch Memorial Plaque; in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

Albert’s father John died of acute nephritis at 20 Antrim Road, Belfast on 16 November 1919 (aged 51) and his mother Elizabeth died on 13 May 1939.