William SMITH's death on 20th July 1916 is remembered on the Thiepval Meemorial and also recorded on the gravestone of his brother Sgt. Samuel Smith in Hacheston churchyard. William was the son of Mrs Anna Smith of The Street, Hacheston. William was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died age 25, presumably at the Somme, and has no known grave.
The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. The memorial stands on the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world
The following is a link to William's page on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website from where you can download William's Commemorative Certificate.
David Clough and Richard Ginn