Pte H Smith, Army Service Corps.
A carter with the Nelson Co-operative Society pre war (in the town where he resided – at 7, Cross Street), 21 year old Pte Carter enlisted into the army on 12 September 1914.
After getting married whilst on leave in January 1915, he travelled to Weyhill Camp, near Andover to undergo further training. Still at Weyhill in April 1915, he was involved in a boating tragedy when the punt upon which he was travelling on Appleshaw Pond during some free time, collided with another, knocking him overboard. A non-swimmer, Pte Smith disappeared under the water and, regardless of the efforts of his comrades, was lost for over half an hour. When he was finally found, attempts to save his life were made but these were all in vain.
His funeral took place in Weyhill on 4 May 1915.
30 April 1915
Research by David O'Mara