CFHS code : HT74

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : Royal Corps of Signals 2588429 Signalman H P SMITH Royal Signals 11th September 1939

Monument : Headstone (war grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in December 2021.

Monument

This Commonwealth war grave headstone is located against the east wall 6 rows east of the south path asit bends north.

Inscription

Royal Corps of Signals 2588429 Signalman H P SMITH Royal Signals 11th September 1939

Harry Percival Smith (1911 – 1939)

Harry was the son of Harry Mant and Henrietta Smith. He was born in Cambridge and grew up at 15 Perowne Street, where he was the youngest of four and the only son.  His father was an electrician, but died when Harry was only 2 years old.

In 1935 when he was 24 years old he was living at 62 Sturton Street and working as a milkman.  On December 26th 1936 he married Myrtle Gladys Welch in Wendy and they moved to 58 Brampton Road.  He died as a result of an accident soon after the war started in 1939 he was 27. The accident took place near at Church Fenton nr Tad Caster Yorkshire . As a dispatch rider he was riding a motor cycle that collided with a lorry on a double bend. There was an inquest which returned a verdict of misadventure. His funeral took place in the Mill Road Cemetery Chapel and members of his unit carried the coffin to the grave and there was a full report in the Cambridge Daily News.

His widow Myrtle re-married and continued to live in Cambridge.  She died in 1985 aged 77 years old.

We have yet to ascertain which memorials his name appears on.

Source:
Ancestry
British Newspaper Archives – Yorkshire Post Sept 13th CDN sept 16th
CFHS transcripts of  parish records

by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor

Harry Percival Smith