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Smyth brothers from comber


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I'm looking for info on my 2 great uncles David and john Smyth from comber co. Down Northern Ireland killed in ww1 they where in the 13th battalion royal irish rifles johns army number was 18786 and David's was 18802

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Hello Davy

I have found a reference to Rifleman David SMYTH, 18802, 13th Royal Irish Rifles killed in action 1st July 1916 is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 15A and 15B.

Also a John Smyth, 18786 of the 13th Bn. age 21, native of Comber, son of David and Elizabeth Smyth of 49 Beersbridge Road, Belfast at Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery Belgium. KIA 6th August 1917. Both names are on Comber War Memorial.

I'm afraid my Ancestry subscription has expired so can't look up to see if their service records have survived.

Anne

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Both listed here - I'll check my copy of Barry Niblock's Ards book tonight to see if there are any more details - and there is a contact form on the website maybe you could try?

Alan (from Bangor originally)

http://barryniblock.co.uk/21-2/

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Hi Davy32

Both men were B Company 13th Rifles and Alan is correct as there is some additional information in Barry Niblock's book, including a picture of each of the brothers.

Regards, Tommy.

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Rifleman James Smyth, 21yrs, 13/18786, 13th RIR, 49 Beersbridge Rd, Belfast, Killed in action 06/08.1917. Buried Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. II. E. 21. CWGC. Son of David and Elizabeth Smyth, of 49, Beersbridge Rd., Belfast. Native of Comber. Mentioned on following websites: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Down/Ballynahinch.html http://www.journeyofremembering.org On MIC marked K.I.A.

Rifleman David Smyth, 13/18802, 13th RIR, Killed in action 01/07.1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 15A and 15B. On MIC it is marked P. Dead which I assume refers to Presumed Dead.

This young man may be of interest to you, also from Comber and with a consecutive service number.

Rifleman David John Smyth, 19 yrs, 13/18803, ‘B’ Coy, 13th RIR, Killed in action 01/07.1916. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 15A and 15B. CWGC. Son of Hugh Smyth, of 19 Bridge St. Comber, Co. Down. Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour 2nd Comber.

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