Sergeant Guy Smith
Guy Smith, born in Biggleswade, Bedforshire, England, emigrated to Canada in 1909 at age seventeen. Guy was one of sixteen children -- two of his brothers where killed in the Great War.
Guy enlisted on July 13, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He fought in Ypres, the Somme and at Vimy Ridge with the ninth Machine Gun Corp. Later in life he wrote a fascinating account of his time in the Great War. This Soldier's Journal recounts his participation at both the Somme and in particular, Vimy Ridge. His account, like all good memoirs, gives the reader a glimpse into warfare that history books can never equal.
After the war, Guy started his own decorating business with his brother Frank, which he continued until his retirement in 1967. He married Muriel Clarke in 1922 and they had eight children. He died in 1976 at age 84.
This account was contributed by Guy's son, Dave Smith.
A Soldier's Journal