J. Smoothey

Lt. James Smoothey died, aged 39 years, in the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, from the effects of wounds suffered during World War 1.

He had enlisted in the East Lancashire Regimet on 18th April 1906, and served with this regiment in World War 1 from 13th June 1915 until 9th September 1915 when he was severely wounded. When recovered he was transferred to the Royal Tank Corps on 16th April 1916 as one of its first members. He accompanied the corps to france on 14th September 1916 and served ith it in France and Flanders, becoming Regimental Sergeant Major. On 4th November 1917 he was promoted to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the field for devotion to duty at the Battle of the Somme, and transferred to the Royal Fusiliers. He never, however, joined his new regiment but was seconded for service with the Royal Tank Corps and became Officer in charge of drill and training at Corps Headquarters, Le Treport, France. He held this post until the end of the war.

1914-15 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

VICTORY MEDAL

ARMY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL - KING GEORGE V