Second LieutenantSMITH, ALFRED VICTOR

Died 22/12/1915

Aged 24

"D" Coy. 1st/5th Bn.
East Lancashire Regiment

V C

Son of William Henry and Louisa Smith, of The Chief Constable's Office, Town Hall, Burnley. Born at Guildford.

Inscription

SUNSET AND EVENING STAR AND ONE CLEAR CALL FOR ME

Citation

An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 3rd March, 1916, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery. He was in the act of throwing a grenade when it slipped from his hand and fell to the bottom of the trench, close to several of our officers and men. He immediately shouted out a warning, and himself jumped clear and into safety, but seeing that the officers and men were unable to get into cover, and knowing well that the grenade was due to explode, he returned without any hesitation and flung himself down on it. He was instantly killed by the explosion. His magnificent act of self-sacrifice undoubtedly saved many lives."

Buried at TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY

Location: Turkey (including Gallipoli)
Number of casualties: 1140

Cemetery/memorial reference: Sp. Mem. C. 358.

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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.