1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Wilfred Smith

Contributed by: Sheila Owen, on 2008-11-09

Wilfred Thomas Smith
First Name Wilfred
Surname Smith
Year of Birth 1886
Year of Death 1975
Regiment Worcestershire Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Northfield, Worcestershire

Wilfred's Story

Wilf was my dear Dad. He didn't talk much about his experiences in the trenches. I think it was too horrible to recall. One of the few stories he told me was of his encounter with the Prince of Wales (later to become the Duke of Windsor). He was in his dugout one day and an officer appeared and simply spoke to him and shook his hand - no pomp, no fuss. Dad was very proud of this unexpected meeting. Another sadder tale was how he and 3 friends were together in the trenches together when a shell hit and killed the others but Dad didn't suffer a scratch. He spent time in Italy as well as France. Very many years later my husband and I visited Trieste where Dad was once stationed.

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