Corps of Military Police

Cap Badge of the Corps of Military Police (King George VI)
Soldier Details:
Surname: Smith
Initials:   J.A.
Rank:   Lance Corporal
Army No.:  5832248
Notes:   CMP. 242 (Beach) Pro Coy. 13/6/40 enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment, 25/1/41 transferred to CMP. 18/6/44 Died. He was born and resided in Cambridgeshire. Inscription on gravestone: In loving memory of my dear husband, in the midst of life we are in death. His unit landed on 6 June 44, part of 7 Beach Group, 3 Canadian Division, Juno Beach. Unit War Diary WO 171/3387. No record of death in unit war Diary. James Albert Smith. Extract from the Peterborough Standard 15/8/1958. WAR GRAVES PILGRIMAGE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. Two Peterborough couples returned home on Tuesday after a six days pilgrimage organized by the British Legion to visit the graves of relatives who were killed in the last war. From Eye went Mrs E M Smith, 82 Crowland Road whose first husband Lance Corporal James Albert Smith, Corps of Military Police is also buried at Bayeux. Mrs Smith was accompanied by her second husband Mr A L Smith, who was a great friend of Lance Corporal Smith before he was killed by a shot from a sniper.

Casualty Details:
Date Killed: 18th June 1944
Company: 242 PRO COY
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