211484 Lance Sergeant

 

Eric Smith.

 

1 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers.

 

Photos taken by Alison Rogers.

 

Son of Jeremiah and Matilda Smith of Cottesmore.

 

Died on the 21st October 1943. Aged 33.

Sapper W. Hardy also died at this incident.

 

Buried at Saint Nicholas Churchyard, Cottesmore.

Compt 2 Grave 23.

 

Lance Sergeant E. Smiths grave is separate from the other war graves, which are all either Royal Air Force or Commonwealth Air Forces War Graves and is the only non air force grave.

 

Unfortunately his grave tends to be forgotten on Remembrance Day as there is an RAF Station in the village and Naval Harrier pilots train here. So on the whole those attending are from the RAF.