Remembering Fusilier Albert Cyril Smith

We recently received a short note from Richard Davis, the great nephew of Fusilier Albert Smith, who was killed in Tunisia on 17th April 1943 and who is named on the Memorial at the Medjez-el-Bab CWGC Cemetery.

“My great uncle, Albert Cyril Smith, was born to Albert Edward Smith and Hilda Mary Smith (nee Hampson) on 27th March 1923 and grew up in Bradley by Bilston in Staffordshire where he attended St. Martin’s School. Both Albert’s father and his uncle, Cyril Hampson, had served during the First World War.

Unfortunately, Albert Senior  passed away in 1933 and this would have no doubt inspired young Albert when, after working for a short period in the local manufacturing industry, he joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers at a very young age indeed in late 1939 (or early 1940). It seems that Albert’s basic training took place in Northern Ireland before he was posted to the 1st Battalion and then embarked for North Africa with the Irish Brigade in November 1942.

In  April 1943, after over four months of bitter winter fighting with the Faughs in Tunisia, Albert was reported missing during the battles in the mountains north of Medjez-el-Bab. He would later be confirmed as having been killed in action and had most likely lost his life during the period of hard fighting near Djebel Ang. He was 20 years of age when he was killed.

Albert’s mother wouldn’t have his death formally confirmed by the War Office until 8th December 1944 but she never gave up hope that he would someday return to the family.

Albert was survived by his younger sisters Vera, Hilda, Violet, Sylvia, Gertrude and a brother, Harry.”

Faugh a Ballagh !


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