Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith

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Reference WMO/267797


Matthew Humberstone Foundation School

Clee Road


DN35 9HU


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Paper Paper
  • Stone Granite
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Iraq (2003-2009)
About the memorial: The memorial is for Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith; It consists of a plaque and photograph. The plaque is made of polished granite and measures 305mm wide and 610mm high. The memorial states the former pupil of the school died serving his country in Iraq, on 30th January, 2005. The memorial was unveiled by Rt. Rev. David Rossdale, Bishop of Grimsby on Friday May 13th, 2005 at 1230pm, he also dedicated the memorial. The Grimsby Telegraph reported the unveiling of this memorial as follows:- SCHOOL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BRAVE At 12:30 on Friday, 16th May 2005, a memorial has been unveiled for former Matthew Humberstone pupil Andrew Smith - the RAF flight lieutenant killed in Iraq. Tearful family, friends and teachers gathered in the Lower School hall for a touching short service to remember the 25-year-old from Cleethorpes. Head of Matthew Humberstone School Sue Hutson opened with a tribute to Andrew. She talked of his "zest for life" and "huge sense of fun and humour. "He thought his cheeky grin would get him into and out of everything and it usually did," she said. "In the short time I knew him he made an impression on me. He was simply an absolutely delightful person." Ms Hutson cited him as an "excellent role model". Readings came from Andrew's school reports - raising smiles and dropping tears for the loved ones present. And Andrew's personal statement from Year 10 gave an early insight into the RAF career he came to cherish. "He was so thrilled when he told me he was learning how to fly," added Ms Hutson. Andrew was co-piloting a Hercules plane that crashed in Iraq on January 30, killing all 10 people on board. His brother Gary and mum Rita unveiled the memorial. A picture of Andrew in his flight gear now sits above a commemorative plaque alongside other former pupils who have lost their lives in battle. Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Rev David Rossdale also offered a tribute and prayer. He said: "Without people like Andrew our world, our country, would be very different and it's only when young men particularly are prepared to stand up and be counted that the texture of our world moves on. "We give thanks for Andrew as a son, a brother, a member of the family, the school community and the wider community." Gary, of Windsor Road in the resort, thought the memorial was "brilliant". He said: "If Andy had been here he would have loved it bless him. "I would like to thank everyone who came today." Andrew's mum Rita, speaking to the Telegraph for the first time since the tragedy, added: "It's lovely and we're really proud." And of the readings she added: "That was really nice." Amanda Mellows was assistant head of sixth form when Andrew attended. After the service, she said: "I feel that we are extremely proud of him because he fulfilled his ambition and lived life to the full. "He was always happy, always smiling, always loud, always loveable." One of Andrew's friends at the service was Ian Brackenbury (25). He said: "It's nice he can be remembered so fondly by so many people. He was a great friend to many and is truly irreplaceable." The Newspaper also published photographs of the unveiling ceremony including pictures of his family and friends, which I can add to this memorial. The memorial is the property of Matthew Humberston School and is maintained by them and looks well in keeping with the older memorials.
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