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Kegbuster

Smith, Durham Light Infantry

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Just watching the BBC news about the Smith family of Durham who lost 5 boys out of 6 who went to fight....this reminded me of Saving Private Ryan. 

I wonder how many more families loss that many boys? 

 

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Chances are that they were the only family in the U.S. like that. There were just not very many that had six that served and fortunately, if they did, most of them got back home.

If one considers other countries where almost all of the young men of that age group served, there may have been quite a few. It's just that loosing such a big percentage takes a special set of circumstances.

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I'd forgotten that the Smiths were from England... and then also slipped up and inserted the Sullivans. They were lost in WWII. I knew that, but since this is the first time that I have been here in the forum, didn't think about the fact that this is the WWI topic area. Sorry.

Here is a good write up about families in England that lost several members during the war.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10652020/First-World-War-Losing-one-child-in-war-is-a-terrible-thing-so-just-imagine-losing-five.html

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