Born: 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 20; KiA – High Wood.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 2282
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1901 35, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 4 years old and living with his parents & maternal uncle.
Albert James Smith, 30, an Oil Caker Moulder, born Bramford, Suffolk.
Malinda Smith (nee Last), 28, born Ipswich.
John Last, 24, a Railway Engine Stoker, born Ipswich.
1911 35, Pauline Street, Ipswich.
Albert was 14 years old, a Warehouse Boy – Pawnbrokers. He was living with his parents & maternal uncle & widowed paternal grandmother.
Albert, 40, a Pressman – Oil Mill.
Emma Smith, 69, born London.
John Last, 34, a Fireman.
Albert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)