3782603 Lance-Corporal Joseph "Smudger" or "Johnny" Smith, at Nathanya, Palestine, 1945. Joseph Harold Albert Smith, son of Harold Sidney and Rebecca Jane Smith, nee Edgar, was born in Everton, Merseyside, on the 7th December 1922. His profession at the age of 18 was recorded as Pawnbroker's Assistant. He enlised in the Army at Liverpool on the 25th April 1941, and was posted to the 70th Battalion The King's Regiment, then on the 7th January 1943 transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers, before joining the 8th (Irish) Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment on the 3rd April 1943. It was with the 8th Battalion that he landed on Juno Beach on the 6th June 1944; the Battalion spent six weeks here at part of the 7th Beach Group before being disbanded, and on the 21st July 1944, Smith joined the 1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles. He served with them throughout the remainder of the Normandy campaign, and later in Belgium, Holland, and Germany, by which time he had been promoted to Lance-Corporal, and also in Palestine from the 1st October 1945 to the 5th September 1946, during which time he represented the Battalion at football and acquired a considerable collection of photographs, reproduced here. Smith was discharged from the Army on his return to the UK, having been awarded the 1939-1945 Star and the France/Germany Star, Defence Medal, and the War Medal 1939-1945. He married Rebecca Susan Snell on the 26th November 1949, having become acquainted with her through the marriage of her sister to his close friend, Sidney Everitt, with whom he had served in the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles. His son, Steve, was born on the 19th July 1954. Joseph Smith died on the 6th January 1963. Copyright: Steve Smith.

 

Taken after enlisting, April 1941. Copyright: Steve Smith.

Copyright: Steve Smith.