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Joseph Harry Smith

In memory of:

Pilot Officer Joseph Harry Smith

August 13, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

J/7332

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

353 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

March 21, 1920
Kamloops, British Columbia

Son of John Joseph and Malvina Pombert Smith, of Kamloops, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 115 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

8. H. 9.

Location:

Ranchi is a town in the State of Bihar some 400 kilometres north-west of Calcutta. It can be reached by air from Delhi, Calcutta and a number of other cities. RANCHI WAR CEMETERY is on Old Hazari Bagh Road about 1.5 kilometres from Ranchi railway station. It is situated next to the Christian cemetery near Kantatoli Chowk. The RANCHI WAR CEMETERY entrance being several metres off the road can easily be missed, and few taxi drivers know the way. Visitors should contact their hotel manager for guidance. There is no residential Caretaker on site and the gate is locked between 5pm and 8am. During working hours the cemetery register can be obtained from one of the gardeners.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Attestation paper (1)– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Attestation paper (2)– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation  Picture Me
  • Photo of Joseph Harry Smith
  • Biography
  • Photo of Joseph "Harry"  Smith– "Harry" Smith was a member of the 1938 Kamloops Klippers, B.C.'s Intermediate Box Lacrosse Champions.
  • Smith Family Photo - Circa 1939 - 40– Back Row left to Right - Joseph Harry , RCAF - Florence - Norman - Vincent , RCN - Frank - Eileen -Wilbur , RCA
Front Row - Ina - Father , Captain John Joseph Smith - Mother , Malvina Smith ( Pombert ) - Marie ."
  • Battle Street Cenotaph Memorial– Battle Street Cenotaph Memorial in Kamploops, British Columbia.
  • Inscription– Battle Street Cenotaph Memorial in Kamploops, British Columbia.
  • Lockheed Hudson
  • Joseph Harry Smith's training and aircraft
  • Medals– Pilot Officer Joseph Harry Smith's Medals
  • Description– Description of his medals.
  • RAF Squadron # 353 Badge– A Bengal Tiger rampant
" Fear Naught in Unity "
  • 353 ( RAF ) Squadron History
  • 353 ( RAF ) Squadron History page 2
  • Memorial Cross
  • Newspaper Clipping– Glen Cowley wrote this two part series for the Kamloops newspaper . It appeared starting in the " Kamloops This Week " on Wednesday June 07 , 1995 . Glen Cowley is a Kamloops based historian and free-lance writer . The 1938 Championship Team was reported in depth by the newspaper of the time - The Kamloops Sentinel and Harry Smith was widely reported in the articles covering the team in those late 1930 years.
  • Newspaper Clipping 2
  • Newspaper Clipping 2 (Page 2)
  • City of Kamloops Medal– Medal awarded to the team Members of the 1938 B.C Intermediate Lacrosse Champions by the City of Kamloops.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the 1938 B.C. Intermediate Lacrosse Champions medal awarded by the City of Kamloops.
  • Kamloops Klippers– Harry Smith played centre for the Kamloops Klippers, British Columbia Intermediate Lacrosse Champions 1938.
  • Newspaper Aticle on the death of Harry Smith.– Kamloops Sentinel newspaper announcement on the death of P/O Joseph Harry Smith , August 13 , 1942 appeared on September 24 , 1942.
  • Harry Smith Lacrosse Career– Harry Smith's lacrosse career was appreciated by his opponents as well as his team mates as described in this circa 1948 Kamloops Sentinel newspaper article.
  • Proclamation– B.C. Proclamation regarding the Geographic designation of Smith Cove at Kamloops Lake , British Columbia
  • Location of Smith Cove– The 2004 Remembrance List released by the British Columbia government on November 11 , 2004 included a British Columbia feature named in memory of our uncle Pilot Officer Joseph Harry Smith.

Smith Cove is located on the north shoreline of Kamloops Lake at 50*43'50"-120*33'35" in Lac du Bois Provincial Park just west of the Kamloops City western boundary near Tranquille.

Also released was a proclamation issued jointly by " The Province of British Columbia and The Geographical Names Board of Canada " signed by the Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia.
  • War Memorial– Kamloops Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Battle Street and 2nd Avenue, Kamloops, British Columbia.   Includes honour roll tablets listing 189 names for World War I and 92 names for World War II.  Unveiled on May 24th, 1925.   Inscribed:  C.E.F. - NOR TIME NOR TIDE CAN EVER EFFACE THE MEMORY OF OUR GLORIOUS DEAD.
  • Inscription– Kamloops Cenotaph, British Columbia. Detail of the Tablet listing names for World War II.
  • Biography
  • Biography
  • Biography
  • Photo of William Shovlin

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