Captain Stanley Fenton Smith, York & Lancaster Regiment


Sheffield Daily Telegraph Nov 28th 1917

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window1Captain Stanley Fenton Smith, 5th Battalion The York & Lancaster Regt. (T.F.)

Son of the late Harry Fenton Smith and his wife Mary, of 35, Eccleshall Road, Sheffield.

Born 3 November 1894: educated first at the Central School Leopold Street Sheffield and then later at Milton Abbas Grammar School, Blandford.

After school Stanley became a Clerk with the Alliance Insurance Co. Stanley joined The Honourable Artillery Company in January 1915. After training with them was given a commission and gazetted 2nd Lt York and Lancaster Regt in November 1915: promoted to Captain July 1917: served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from December 1916: took part in the fighting on the Somme; wounded there. Killed in action at Passchendaele Ridge 9 October 1917. Buried where he fell. His Commanding Officer wrote, “A most splendid fellow, resolute and cool at all times, full of courage, and loved by all ranks;” and a brother officer “Of his conduct that day the greatest praise is given by those who were with him. Despite severe conditions, Capt. Smith’s company took all its objectives and having consolidated them, he seized the opportunity and took the remainder of his men to take further ground, and whilst attacking a system of very strong enemy posts; he was wounded and afterwards killed outright.”: Stanley was aged 22. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial of the missing (Panel 125). Although he wasn’t mentioned on the 1921 memorial at the school it seems only right to include him in this virtual memorial now.

Central School
Central School Sheffield memorial