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Smith, H., Sjt., 1916
In A.I.F. Burial ground, Flers, is the Commonwealth War Grave of G/17957 Serjeant Hugh Smith, serving with the Royal Fusiliers who died 04/10/1916.

Angela Conroy has provided the following:

Hugh Smith's parents were George Cowan and Mary Ann Smith nee Callaghan and his parents married at St Philip, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1882.

I am sending these entries from the St Aidan's school log books for Hugh Smith:

July 22 1912: Hugh Smith (St Mary's Training College, Hammersmith) took up duty as Assistant Master in place of Miss A (Cuddihes?)

Dec 3 1914 Mr Smith took charge of Standard V VI & VII Boys.

Feb 24 1915 Mr Smith absent this afternoon suffering from influenza.

July 19 1915 Mrs Elizabeth Clarke took up duties as trained certificated teacher in place of Mr Hugh Smith who has joined the army.

6 Nov 1916 Mr Hugh Smith who joined the Royal Fusiliers in June 1915 has been killed in Action. Sgt. Smith was commended for 'devotion to duty' and mentioned in the despatches. His death is a great loss to this school where he served for three years with much enthusiasm and success.

These log entries were found in North Shields Local Studies Department.

Hugh Smith is remembered in Willington Quay on W56.01 and W56.03 and in the list of Teachers who fell in 1914-18

The CWGC entry for Serjeant Smith

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk