Gunner Henry "Archie" Smith

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Reference WMO253695

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Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Camp

Bovington

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Trophy/Relic
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: The notice reads - "Gunner Henry Smith, known as Archie, was only 18 when he joined the army. Like many young men, he volunteered for service straightaway in August 1914. Smith served in A Company, 1st Battalion Tank Corps. At the Battle of Amiens on the 8th of August 1918, he was involved in an attack where nine out of eleven tanks were hit by shellfire. Archie Smith's own tank was knocked out and the whole crew were killed. He was buried nearby in a temporary grave and eventually, his body was reburied in Bouchoir New British Cemetery. Archie Smith wrote regularly to his family, in particular to his sister Lilah about life at the Front. The letters and items displayed here were found after Lilah died in 1983 and donated to the Tank Museum in 2014." The display is in Hall 3, - "Tank Men".
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