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The following Derby soldier lived and fought through every day the Great War.
Neither war nor cigarettes killed him........
|Charles Sydney Smith (CSS) far left, on in his father's knee July 1892|
|CSS, aged about 17 circa 1907, at Coxbench Quarry, Derby, with his|
one day bride Beatrice and her father, my great grandfather,
William Slater. No cigarette yet !
|Lazy pre-war picnic, CSS right and bride to be Beatrice Slater centre.|
The smoking has started.
|CSS as an apprentice mining engineer circa 1913.|
At the Digby, Gedling 1&2, or New London colliery, Eastwood/Nottingham.
The air so bad a cigarette is probably irrelevant.
|A shooting party, circa 1913. CSS far right.|
Now hooked on the weed.
|Now its war, 1914......as a Sherwood Forester, |
cigarette behind the back?
|But why hide it when the others have their pipes?|
War is great news for
the tobacco companies
(Courtesy Times Digital Archive)
|Wedding day, 1915, on leave from France.|
Cigarettes are fine in a war time wedding photo.
|....but perhaps try a pipe on honeymoon?|
|1915, married and heading back to France|
in the Machine Gun Corps.
| CSS (centre seated) training at Belton House, Grantham,|
HQ of the Machine Gun Corps.
A cigarette even for formal poses.
|Just days before the Somme offensive. If nervous about posing on horseback....don't smoke !!|
|With fellow officers........|
|Change headgear.......light another cigarette !!|
|"I like the cigarette and the whip, |
but the horse can go...."
|1917...still no shortage of cigarettes.|
|Time for a portrait to celebrate the award of his|
A cigarette not appropriate for this one.
|Monday November 11, 1918.|
The Great War Ends.
Charles Sydney Smith has survived.
The family celebrate for a few days.
He survived cigarettes...................
But then influenza killed him, helped by.........
The Curse of The Black Cat
|November 28, 1918. Major Charles Sydney Smith M.C. dies of influenza.|
One of many letters of condolence.
|Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby.|
|The Death Plaque was little consolation|
for his widow Beatrice.
|.....and little consolation for his only child, born 7 months after his death.|
Victor Sydney Smith 1919-2003.
My first cousin once removed.
The Curse of the Black Cat
Don't forget it
You will run out of time if you smoke.