Near BRANCOURT on the 8th October, 1918, whilst acting as platoon runner, showed great gallantry and devotion to duty carrying messages under heavy rifle and machine gun fire. On one occasion when carrying a message to a platoon that had become detached, he suddenly came upon a party of 17 of the enemy in a sunken road. He called upon them to surrender, which they did, and he effected their capture. His conduct throughout was excellent. (Reference Citation)
Private E. Smy (Eddie as he was known) was just 19 when he ‘called upon the Germans to surrender’. He had been a farm labourer before he enlisted on 18th December 1917 into the 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Just under a year later he was awarded the Military Medal.
He was born on 8th September 1899, the youngest of the 13 surviving children of Jessie and James Smy. His father was also a farm labourer and the family lived in Front Street, Orford. We cannot find any more details of Eddie’s time in the Norfolk Regiment, however he did return to live in Orford where he married and had a family, dying in 1959, only 60 years of age.