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Name: Dorothy Florence SMITH
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: D F Service No.: W/91202
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 26
Unit: Auxiliary Territorial Service, attached 145 (Mixed) Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 19 Alma Terrace, The Folly, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Injuries received as a result of a road accident.
Date of Death: Thursday 1st March 1945
Place of Death: Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
Battle/Campaign: Whilst in the course of duties.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Decoration and Medals: Defence Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Daughter of Robert H. Smith, and Mary E. Smith, of 19 Alma Terrace, The Folly, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Twin sister; Rachael
Notes : Dorothy was to lose her life in the course of carrying out her military duties in Yorkshire. She had joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), along with her twin sister Rachael, in 1942. She was returned to her village of Greenside where she was accorded an impressive funeral. Major General C.T. Beckett CBE MC, Commander of the 5th Anti Aircraft Battalion represented the Brigade, along with other high ranking officers. Members of the ATS who were the under bearers were L/C A. Stephenson, L/C A.E. Wyatt, Sub. H. B. Wilson. Pte. M. Russell, Pte. G. Cooper, Pte. M. Thomas, Pte. Elsender and Pte. I. A. Walker. The Padre, T.E. Lee, conducted the service and said Florence lost her life in the course of her duty, and she had a record of which we were all proud". Dorothy is the only woman to have her name recorded on the district war memorials which commemorate both world wars.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 9th March 1945. Newcastle Journal, 7th March 1945. Tyne and Wear Archives, Register of War Burials.
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