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Remembered Today:

1st Bn. Coldstream Guards


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Hello All,

I'm researching Lieutenant G K-F Smith of 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards, who was killed in the action at Gheluvelt on 29th October 1914. I have a copy of the Battalion War Diary for this date, but I wondered if anyone knew of any other sources which might give more of an eye-witness account of what took place? It was a bad day for the Battalion, with many officers and men posted as killed or missing.

Thanks in advance,

John Hart

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Stack's history of the Worcestershire Regiment will cover their part of the action, and is well worth getting on CD -£15. It can be obtained from:

http://www.midlandshistoricaldata.org/index.html

Unlike other members I'm too thick to reproduce the above in clickable format.

Edwin

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Wow, it magically became clickable after I posted it

Edwin

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Stack's history of the Worcestershire Regiment will cover their part of the action, and is well worth getting on CD -£15.

Thanks, Edwin - looks interesting!

I'd also be interested if any Guards specialists out there have any photographs of the officers of 1st Coldstream prior to 1914, as Smith is bound to be on there. He was commissioned into the Regiment around 1905 and had been a full Lieutenant since 1909.

John

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Hello

He was posted as missing - later recorded as KIA - bad day is an understatement !

I will see what else I can find

Whats you interest in him ?

Ian

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14 star roll shows to France 13/8/14 - recorded on there as died - not uncommon if they didnt know at the time what happened

cant find a picture - quite a high proportion of Guards officers went to Eton so might be worth sending the archivist an email - Ive always found them helpful

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He was posted as missing - later recorded as KIA - bad day is an understatement !

I will see what else I can find

Whats you interest in him ?

Thanks, Ian - any info appreciated. I've just bought his sword on eBay (purchased on his commission as 2nd Lt in 1905) - it hasn't arrived yet but I'm starting to do my homework! I find the research far and away the most interesting part of collecting swords - I have several now to named Victorian and WW1 officers, some casualties, and it's a surprisingly personal link with the man and his military career.

John

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Thanks, Ian - any info appreciated. I've just bought his sword on eBay (purchased on his commission as 2nd Lt in 1905) - it hasn't arrived yet but I'm starting to do my homework! I find the research far and away the most interesting part of collecting swords - I have several now to named Victorian and WW1 officers, some casualties, and it's a surprisingly personal link with the man and his military career.

John

Im sure Ive seen a medal to him quite recently - I think it was his 14 star - did nt make a note though of when/where :(

Ian

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Ian

If you do post details on this action be grateful if you are PM'ing it if you could copy me in. One of the guys on our memorial, that I am writing a book on, was kia same day in 1st Battalion. He was our local bobby and rejoined his pre war regiment at the out break, he was posted missing immediately after and its not until December 1918 that he is finally presumed killed. Alas he doesn't feature on our actual memorial as his mother died in October 1914 and I can find no other relative living locally who would have subscribed him. I also presume that being so early, 5 years later when the memorial fund was strated he was 'forgotten'. He is however included in my book where I have also got a picture of him, if you want pictures of men from the battalion let me know and I will gladly forward

Regards

Steve

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steve

who is he ?

Ian

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Im sure Ive seen a medal to him quite recently - I think it was his 14 star - did nt make a note though of when/where :(

Ian, it's always my greatest fear - a collection of family items comes up for sale and because no-one really knows or cares enough about it, it just gets split up. I have a friend in the States who is desperately trying to reassemble a collection of items belonging to a relative of his (Sir F G Guggisberg, former Governor of the Gold Coast, if anyone recognises the name) - it was divided several years ago and there now seems little chance of all the items ever coming back together again.

Anyway, let's not get too despondent - if anyone does know of any items for sale relating to G.K-F. Smith, I'd obviously be very interested to hear about them!

John

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John

its amazing how things turn up when you least expect them!

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