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8406   Private Joseph Smyth
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/01/1888
Died: 13/08/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 27
Joseph Smith was the youngest son of James and Esther Smyth. He was born on 4th January 1888. The family lived in Beagh, Maghera, County Londonderry. Joseph enlisted and served with Leinster Regiment in India. Private Joseph Smyth was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Leinster Regiment when he died of wounds in Belgium on Friday 13th August 1915. He was 27 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave II-D-23
CWGC Casualty 460217
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery is located 3 Km east of Ieper town centre, on the Meenseweg (N8), connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main crossroads, directly over which begins the Meenseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2.5 Km along the Meenseweg on the right hand side of the road.
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1 1901 Census lists Smyth family 1901 census lists Joseph as age 12 living with the family at house 9 in Beagh Spiritual, Maghera, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Smyth family 1911 census does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 12 in Beagh (Spiritual), Maghera, Londonderry
3 Photo of Private Joseph Smyth's grave
4 Maghera Church of Ireland Graveyard Private Joseph Smyth commemorated on family grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card of Private Joseph Smyth can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph Smyth's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023