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41205   Private John Smyth
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 18/03/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 17/12/1894
Died: 01/12/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
Summary      
John Smyth was the third son of John and Annie Smyth. He was born on 17th December 1894 in Tamlaght O'Crilly, just west of Portglenone in the district of Magherafelt. The family had a farm there. John Smyth enlisted in Antrim, joining the North Irish Horse on 1st February 1915 (No 1435). Private John Smyth went to France with his unit in November 1915. Private John Smyth was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he received gunshot wounds on 26th November 1917 during the assault on the village of Moeuvres during the Battle of Cambrai. Private John Smyth died of his wounds in No.6 Hospital, Rouen on Saturday 1st December 1917. He was 22 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension
  Rouen, Seine-Maritime, 4
Grave Ref: PVC 6B
CWGC Casualty 521046
Summary      
St Sever Cemetery and St. Sever Cemetery Extension are located within a large communal cemetery situated on the eastern edge of the southern Rouen suburbs of Le Grand Quevilly and Le Petit Quevilly. If approaching Rouen from the north, head for the centre of town and cross over the river Seine, following signs for Caen. Follow this route until you get to the 'Rond Point des Bruyeres' roundabout (next to the football stadium), then take the first exit into the Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery is 150 metres down this road on the left. If approaching Rouen from the south, follow the N138 (Avenue des Canadiens) towards the centre of town. At the 'Rond Point des Bruyeres' roundabout (next to the football stadium), take the fourth exit into the Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery is 150 metres down this road on the left. If arriving on foot, take the metro to St Sever Metro Station, then follow the Avenue de Caen until you get to the Avenue de la Liberation, then take this road and follow this, which will become the Boulevard du 11 Novembre. At the end of this road is the 'Rond Point des Bruyeres' roundabout. Take the first exit from this into the Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery is 150 metres down this road on the left.
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1 1901 Census lists Smyth family 1901 census lists John as age 5 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Smyth family 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy, Londonderry
3 Ballymena New Zealanders Details of Private John Smyth and his brother
4 Ballymena Weekly War 1917 Details of Private John Smyth, died age 22
5 National Archives UK Medal card of Private John Joseph Smyth can be purchased here
6 North Irish Horse Details of Private John Smyth including photos
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Smyth's grave can be purchased here
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