Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Stoney Smith

Regiment: 1st Leicestershire Regiment
Date published: 26/11/1915
Killed in action: Yes
Date of death: 22/10/1915
Age at death: 47
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Plot: I. E. 23.
Information: Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Stoney Smith D.S.O., 1st Leicestershire Regiment, was the only son of the late Arthur Smith of Hampstead, and of Mrs. Arthur Smith, and the eldest grandson of the late Major-General George Butler Stoney, of Waterloo Road, Dublin. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1888, and in 1891 was appointed to the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, then in Bermuda. He obtained his Majority in 1908, and went out to France as Second in Command on September 8th, 1914. He had served previously in Canada, West Indies, South Africa, Natal and Egypt. In June last he was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch, and was awarded the D.S.O. In October, 1914, he took an active part in a desperate engagement at Rue du Bois, near Armentieres, when he personally, on a critical occasion, carried ammunition up to the firing line. He was killed in action on October 22nd.