Leslie is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth.

Born: 1908, Ipswich.

Died: 31st May 1940; age 32.

Residence: Bedford, Bedfordshire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5824678.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Wulphen Churchyard,






1911   50, Finchley Road, Ipswich.


Leslie was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William James Smith, 39, a Turner & Fitter – Motor Lawn Mowers, born Ipswich.

Thereza Mozart Smith (nee Johnson), 38, born Ipswich.

William Joseph Smith, 15, a Confectioner’s Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Albert Frank Smith, 14, an Iron Monger’s Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Thereza Mozart Smith, 12, born Ipswich.

Ernest Rendlesham Smith, 10, born Ipswich.

Henry Alfred Smith, 8, born Ipswich.

Frank Smith, 6, born Ipswich.

Irene May Smith, 23 months, born Ipswich.

Florence Beatrice Smith, 7 months, born Ipswich.

1st Battalion
September 1939: On the outbreak of war the Battalion was based in Devonport. It was part of 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division.
October 1939: They went to France.
May/June 1940: The Battalion were evacuated from Dunkirk and returned to the UK.


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