Lt Edward Smith VC
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Paving Stone-LANCE SERGEANT/EDWARD SMITH/LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS/21ST-23RD AUGUST 1918 Plaque-Edward Benn (Ned) Smith, VC, DCM/ Edward Benn (Ned) Smith, VC, DCM was born in Maryport on 10 November 1898/ Unusually he won both the Distinguished Conduct Medal & the Victoria Cross in quick succession,/during the 'Hundred days Offensive' of World War 1./ As a Corporal, Ned Smith won the DCM for leading a small party of men in a successful attack on an enemy outpost,/despite having been heavily outnumbered, on 10 August 1918. As well as being awarded the DCM,/Ned Smith was promoted to Lance Sergeant in recognition of his role in this action./Only eleven days later, during the period 21 to 23 August , whilst in charge of a small platoon,/Ned Smith personally took a machine gun post, despite being under fire & subject to grenade attack./Later, he assisted another platoon, leading the men in capturing the objective./The following day, he led a group in restoring a portion of the battle line./Ned Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in this action, one of the youngest recipients of the award./ The London Gazette Supplement of 18 October 1918 reported that:/"His personal bravery, skill and initiative were outstanding, and his conduct throughout an inspiring example to all."/ On returning to Maryport after the war, Ned Smith was greeted by a crowd of some 6,000 people,/equivalent to the population of the town at that time./ A local newspaper reported that:/"Sergeant Smith is not only a VC but looks it. He is a British soldier every inch of him,/He is an A1 man from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet..../He has not only won his VC but he has a chest on which to display it."/ As World War 2 loomed in summer 1939, Ned Smith re-enlisted with his former Regiment, the Lancashire Fusiliers/and was among the first contingent of the British Expeditionary Force for France./He was a Lieutenant & Quartermaster when he died in France from a gunshot wound on 12 January 1940./He is buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery of Beuvry, in France