No. 7018785, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps, 49th (West Riding) Regiment
Died of wounds on Tuesday 3 October 1944 (aged 23)
Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section A. 3. Grave 586)
In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Trooper Aaron Smyth (No. 7018785) was the husband of Margaret Smyth of Newtownards.
In some records his surname is spelt Smith.
Aaron Smyth was born on 24 March 1921 and his birth was registered in Lurgan, Co Armagh. He was a son of Aaron and Sarah Ann Smyth (nee Thornton) who were married on 25 December 1914 in Seagoe Parish Church of Ireland Church, Lurgan, Co. Armagh. Aaron Smyth (aged 35), a widowed labourer from Edenderry was a son of Samuel Smith, a cattle dealer. Sarah Ann Thornton (aged 19), a winder from Edenderry was a daughter of Alexander Thornton, a linen lapper.
Aaron Smyth had previously been married to Hannah McCune. They were married on 25 December 1903 in Seagoe Parish Church of Ireland Church, Lurgan, Co. Armagh. Hannah McCune from Edenderry was a daughter of David McCune, a tailor.
Aaron and Sarah Ann Smyth (nee Thornton) had at least four children:
Margaret (Maggie, born 17 September 1915 at 3 Joseph Street, Portadown)
Emma (born 21 October 1918 at 3 Joseph Street, Portadown)
Ann (born 14 April 1919 at 3 Joseph Street, Portadown)
Aaron (born around 1921)
Later, the Smyth family lived at 44 Derwent Street, Belfast.
During the Second World War, Trooper Aaron Smyth (No. 7018785) served with the Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps, 49th (West Riding) Regiment and on 21 July 1942 he and Margaret Heron (aged 19) were married in St Martin’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.
Trooper Aaron Smyth (No. 7018785) died on 3 October 1944 in the Royal Hospital, Chester as the result of wounds sustained in Normandy, and he was buried on 10 October 1944 in Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
ALSO HIS FATHER AARON
DIED 21.2.49 AGE 75
R. INNISKILLING FUSILIERS
1892 – 1908
Subsequently buried in the same grave were:
His father Aaron Smyth of 44 Derwent Street, Belfast who died on 21 February 1949 (aged 71, on death certificate). The inscription on Trooper Aaron Smyth’s CWGC headstone records his father’s age at death as 75 (rather than 71). He was born on 25 October 1874 so he was 74 when he died.
His sister Margaret McMeekin of 70 Templemore Avenue, Belfast who died on 28 January 1973 (aged 58)
His mother Sarah Ann Smyth of 70 Templemore Avenue who died on 7 April 1976 (aged 80).
After Trooper Aaron Smyth died, several family members placed Died of Wounds notices in the 9 October 1944 edition of the Belfast Telegraph:
Brother and sister-in-law, Alexander (on active service) and Isabel
Sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Alexander McMeekin
Grandfather and grandmother, Alexander and Annie Thornton
Aunt and uncle, Olive and Sam Brooks
Aunt and uncle, Emma and Charles Orr
Uncle and aunt, George and Jean Smyth
Uncle and aunt, John and Alice Smyth
Aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and William Orr
Aunt and uncle, Evelyn and Rod Hogan