James Edward Brooke Smith

Born Ted Smith on 26th March 1919 at Wath-upon-Dearne.
In 1930 he married Muriel Burton and they had two daughters. Ted trained as a Chartered Accountant.
In 1938 he enrolled for service in the Army, and was called up immediately on the declaration of War in September 1939. He served in the 51st Battalion Royal Tank Regiment. In North Africa he was awarded the Croix de Guerre with a bronze star by the French for his part in a battle on 9th April 1943 which enabled the French infantry to take l'Argoub en Negrila on very difficult terrain.
Following the infamous battle for Monte Cassino in 1944 Ted was badly burned and was repatriated to England where he spent a long time in hospital and eventually returned to work at Tiptaft & Smith in Mexborough, ultimately becoming a director of Edward Smith & Sons Ltd. in 1951. He had many interest inlcuding being President of Mexborough Rotary Club, Chairman of Dearne Valley Conservatives and a member of the Regent Lodge, Barnsley.
He died suddenly in 1955 at the age of 45.

1939-45 STAR

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AFRICA STAR

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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ITALY STAR

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WAR MEDAL

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CROIX DE GUERRE WITH BRONZE STAR

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