Raymond Bertram Smith was the son of Herbert and Blanche Smith; nephew of Mrs D Trotter, of Lemington, Northumberland, he enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Smith successfully completed his glider training and was posted to 12th (Airborne) Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).
Pte Smith was killed in action on 9 June 1944, aged 19, and was given a field burial at Le Bas de Ranville and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 29 June 1945.
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