SignalmanSMITH, KENNETH

Service Number 2328696

Died 10/01/1945

Aged 24

Royal Corps of Signals

and
Long Range Desert Group

G C

Son of Bertie Smith and of Alice Jane Smith, of Louth, Lincolnshire.

Inscription

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 19th October, 1945

"The King has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the George Cross, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner to No. 2328696 Signalman Kenneth Smith, Royal Corps of Signals."

Signalman Smith was based on the Adriatic Island of Ist, at a time when sabotage was a daily occurance. He found a time-bomb at his detachment''s billet, which was shared with civilians and their children. He realised it was ticking and could explode at any moment, he removed it as far away as possible but it exploded before he could make his own escape, he was the only casualty of the blast and undoubtably saved many lives.

Buried at BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

Location: Serbia
Number of casualties: 472

Cemetery/memorial reference: 6. D. 9.

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Cemetery details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.