Andrew Bernard SMITH
Rank: Corporal
Number: 1801
Unit: 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 August 1915
Age: 23
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Andrew was the younger son of Arthur Smith, a piano dealer. He was born in Hull and spent most of his life on the eastern side of the Pennines, being educated at Beverley and Bridlington Grammar Schools. Although he appears to have no Welsh connections, he was always known as "Taff".

At the time of the War, Andrew was living at Pinfold Lane, Romiley. The 1914 edition of Kelly's Directory lists an Edmund Smith living at "Penfold" on Pinfold Lane and this may have been the home of relative with whom he was staying. Taff and his brother, Richmond, both worked for a Manchester firm of timber merchants. Taff was a pre-War member of the Territorials and was mobilised when War was declared in August 1914. Within a month, he was on his way to Egypt where he spent the next seven months. An account of this time can be found here.

In early May 1915, the Battalion left Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli. Andrew survived the attack on 4 June when he will have lost many friends. He was promoted to Corporal after this and is understood to have been "mentioned in despatches". He was killed two months later in another attack described here.

Richmond would be killed just over a month later, serving at Gallipoli with the 7th Battalion.

   
           
   
     
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