SEARCH: Mementos of a soldier

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I am seeking help in identifying any surviving family of a Private Joseph Smith, from either Ashington or Bedlington, who was killed in World War I.

My sister, in Australia, has Private Smith’s binoculars and case, and is interested in whether he has family who would like to have them.

She doesn’t want to get rid of them, but would be happy to give them to family members, to whom they might mean something.

As I am in the UK at the moment, I have been making inquiries on her behalf to see if I might be able to find some relatives.

Private Smith’s service number was 1079, his regiment was the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st and 7th Battalion, and he died on May 28, 1915. His memorial is on the Menin Gate at Ypres in Belgium. His parents were Robert and Jane Smith, of South Row, Doctor Pit, Bedlington, and his wife was Jane Isabella Smith, of Storey’s Buildings, Choppington.

If any of your readers can help find his family, please contact my sister Erin Thompson by email to

Thank you for your help.

Jacinta Nelligan

Abu Dhabi