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Born: 1893, Halifax
Died: 20 September 1916, Somme
Buried: Peake Wood Cemetery, Fricourt
Address: 10 Tentercroft, Baildon
Parents: Jonas & Mary Ann
Spouse: Mary, nee Bailey
Siblings: Emma, Ann, Arthur, Bertha, Edward, Mabel, Dick
Occupation: Menston Asylum
Rank: Sgt
Rolls of Honour: Baildon
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
Ephraim Smith
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Ephraim was born in Halifax around 1893, the second youngest of nine children of quarry delver Jonas Smith and his wife Mary Ann. At the time of the 1911 census he was living with his parents at Rose Cottage, Hayes Lane, Mixenden and was given as a worsted presser. Sometime after the census was taken, Ephraim moved to Baildon and married a local girl, Mary Bailey. His war service is first mentioned in a story in the Shipley Times & Express, published on 22 October 1915, which features the large number of relatives Mary has
fighting in the war. At this stage, Ephraim is a lance corporal. On 10 March 1916 we learn: “The promotion of Cpl E Smith, whose home is at 81 Tentercroft, Baildon, will meet with the approval of a large number of people in the district. He has attained the rank of Sergeant… “At present he is in hospital in Boulogne, suffering from appendicitis.” On 13 October 1916, the paper reported:
Sgt Ephraim Smith of the 10th West Riding Regt of 10 Tentercroft, Baildon, was killed in action in France on September 20th He joined the colours about three weeks after war was declared and went to France in August 1915 where he has seen much fighting. He was a native of Ogden near Halifax where he was well known, his cheerful disposition having won him many friends amongst whom his death is keenly felt.
He had a reputation as a sportsman in the Halifax district, especially among the Halifax Harriers. He held the championship for a long time, carrying off many valuable trophies. He had worked at the Halifax Infirmary but at the time of enlistment was an attendant at the Menston Asylum. Mrs Smith has two brothers serving with the colours, one who is wounded and hospital in Wigan, namely Pte John Bailey, West Riding Regt, and another Pte James William Bailey, of the Northumberland Fusiliers and now serving somewhere in France.
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