7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment

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  1. Hi does anyone have the war diary from August 1944 for this Battalion? That was the month my uncle Robert Hayes Smith died while fighting in Normandy
     
  2. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    LIEUTENANT ROBERT HAYES SMITH
    Service Number: 253669
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

    7th Bn.

    Date of Death
    Died 15 August 1944

    Age 20 years old

    Buried or commemorated at
    RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY

    VIII. B. 13.

    France


    • Country of ServiceUnited Kingdom
    • Additional InfoSon of Alfred Hayes Smith and May Hayes Smith, of Manningham, Bradford, Yorkshire.
    • Personal InscriptionBELOVED ONLY SON OF A. AND M. HAYES SMITH, BRADFORD, ENGLAND
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  4. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Some information here:
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  5. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    His original burial location at map reference 103695 is shown in the yellow square at the point of the second 'v' in Cuverville:
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  6. Thanks Graeme I had just found those two month's diaries elsewhere but much appreciated.
     
  7. Thanks so much Tony56!
     
  8. PhilM

    PhilM Member

    Hi, The normandywarguide.com site is mine, I've not been able to add the Aug 44 diary to the site yet but I do have a copy which I'll try to add to the site shortly but Lt Smiths death is mentioned in the war diary.

    It appears was killed during a fighting patrol north of the village Vimont to feel for enemy positions

    Map overlays » Normandy War Guide
     

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  9. Hi PhilM and thank you so much for this information, can you let me know when the full diary is uploaded to your site, which I'll visit now. Best regards Mandy Toczek McPeake
     
  10. PhilM

    PhilM Member

    I've just added the August war diary to the site, it still needs a little work but most of the locations have also been geocoded
    7 Bn Duke of Wellington August 1944, War Diary » Normandy War Guide
     

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