John (Jack) Weakford Smith was killed in action in the Battle of Normandy
Laraine Maltby Smith of Coldwater, Ont., sent us a photo of her husband Tom as a baby taken with his father, Lance-Corporal John (Jack) Weakford Smith. The photo was made when Jack went AWOL to visit his wife, Florence, and their infant son in Midland, Ont.
A telegram from Lance-Corporal Jack Smith’s sister, Jen Smith, notifies another sister, Phyllis, of his death. Dated Aug. 30, 1944, it reads: “Received further word. Jack killed in action August Tenth. Love Jen.”
Jack and Florence Smith, with Florence wearing Jack’s cap. Lance-Corporal Smith was killed in action in France on Aug. 10, 1944, just four days before his son’s second birthday.
Lance-Corporal John (Jack) Weakford Smith was with the Algonquin Regiment. He had been in France for only a couple of weeks before being killed in action at the age of 31 on Hill 140, between Estrees-la-Campagne and Mazieres in France, during Operation Totalize. The Canadians defended against repeated German counterattacks on Aug. 9-10, but suffered heavy casualties, including Smith.
Lance-Corporal John (Jack) Weakford Smith is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, which contains Canadian soldiers killed during the later stages of the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War.
Cody Smith visited the grave of his grandfather, Lance-Corporal John (Jack) Weakford Smith, in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, France, in 2003.
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