Ned Smith VC DCM from Maryport, Cumbria
|1. North Quay, Maryport, Cumbria.|
[Where Edward Benn (‘Ned’) Smith VC DCM was raised]
|2. Edward Benn ('Ned') Smith, V.C., D.C.M.|
[Courtesy of Cumbria County Archives (2014)]
In WW2 Ned Smith was among the first contingent of the British Expeditionary Force to sail for France, and was one of that war’s earliest casualties. He died on 12 January 1940 at the age of 41 and is buried at Bueuvry Communal Cemetery Extension, France. In 1940 very little specific information was published, in the local newspapers at least, about the action in which Ned Smith lost his life even though he was widely known because of being decorated in the Great War. Perhaps this article will mean others will learn of Ned Smith in the two World Wars.
Although there is no Memorial Plaque at North Quay, Maryport for Ned Smith, this is where he used to live with his parents [Photograph No. 1]. The photograph was taken in 2006. I do have a photograph of Ned Smith in his army uniform and wearing his medals, which was obtained from a newspaper print found in the local West Cumbria Records Office. Photograph No. 2 (above) is a WW1 photograph of Ned Smith and a Victoria Cross. It was printed by the Cumbria Libraries and Archives Centres (2014) and is used here with permission.
[For addtional details about Ned Smith in WW1 click on 'Comments' below].