Henry Rayfield Smedley (died 1916)

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'2509' Villers-bretonneux Memorial,
26th Bn.

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Service number: France
Rank: Private
Regiment: australian Infantry
Unit/ship/squadron: A.i.f.

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Rayfield

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In 1803, on March 1st, Ohio became the 17th state of the United States. Because Congress never passed a resolution declaring Ohio a state, however, it wasn't until 1953 that Ohio retroactively became an official state.

In 1818, on March 22nd, Easter Day fell on the earliest possible date in western Christianity. This won't happen again until 2285.

In 1827, Englishman John Walker invented the first friction match, which he named Lucifer. The match consisted of a wooden stick coated with sulphur and tipped with a mixture of sulphide of antimony, chlorate of potash, and gum. A box of 50 matches was one shilling and came with folded sandpaper to use to strike a match.

In 1881, on February 19th, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcohol - the prohibition lasted statewide until 1948.

In 1902, about 150 thousand United Mine Workers went on strike in eastern Pennsylvania for a wage increase and more suitable hours. They eventually got a 10% raise and their workday was reduced from 10 hours to 9. Because winter was coming and most people at the time heated their homes with coal, President Teddy Roosevelt arbitrated between the owners and the workers - the first time that the Federal government arbitrated in a strike.

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Henry Rayfield Smedley passed away on November 14, 1916. There is no known cause of death. He was buried in '2509' Villers-bretonneux Memorial, 26th Bn.. There is no information about Henry's family or relationships.

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