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 Robert Leslie Smith     Force: British Army Regiment: British Infantry Battalion: 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment Regimental Number: 86638 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: November 27, 1914  (Second Life Guards) January 1915 (Motor Transport Army Service Corps) April 1917 (6th Middlesex Regiment)   Robert Smith was employed with William Thomson & Company, St. John before enlisting. He was the son of the late Capt. A. Norman Smith (died 1903) and Emily A. Smith, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In Liverpool, England, Robert enlisted November 27, 1914 with the Second Life Guards but transferred to Motor Transport Army Service Corps in January 1915.  We went to France May 9, 1915 with Divisional Supply Column and transferred to heavy Machine Gun Corps, General Workshop, January 8, 1917. In England, in April 1917 he was transferred to 6th Middlesex Regiment and went to in France in June 1917 with the 23rd Middlesex Regiment “B” Company. He was severely wounded and gassed in mid-September 1917 and spent a year in hospital in England. He returned to France with the 4th Middlesex Regiment “D” Company , 14th Platoon.  He was killed in action on the Solesmes Road near Briastre on October 12, 1918.      Date of Death: October 12, 1918 Age at Death: 26 Cemetery: Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France Plot: III. A. 3.   Commemorated on Page 593 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on December 22 Commemorated on the family Stone, Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, N.S. Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Unavailable Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 314-315)  
  Private Robert Leslie Smith 
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