John Smedley, 2/2691

Initial lead courtesy of The Shields Gazette.
Born on 12th March 1889 in Bolton, John Smedley was residing in South Shields and employed as a Labourer at Rennoldson's shipyard when he enrolled in the RNVR on 21st August 1913 and given the service number 2/117.

On 22nd August '14 John entered the Anson Battalion as an Ordinary Seaman. Promoted to Able Seaman three weeks later he was ordered with the Division to the defence of Antwerp. Early in '15 John was issued with the new service number 2/2691. He was due to embark with the Division for the Gallipoli Campaign but missed his ship and had to subsequently join the Anson Battalion from HMT Somali. He was wounded by a bullet that he received to his left arm during the Third Battle of Krithia.

In July '15 John was awarded 28 days deferred imprisonment by Commodore Backhouse but this was remitted by a GOC order the following March when he was discharged to England for sea service. On 3rd May '16 John was transferred to the Chatham base and discharged from the RND.

Serving throughout the remainder of the war at various bases before being demobilised John died in 1939 at the age of 50.
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