Laurence Walter Smith (1895 - 1917)

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Laurence Walter Smith
1895 - 1917
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c. 1895
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July 31, 1917
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Laurence Walter Smith was born c. 1895. He died on July 31, 1917 at age 22.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 22824 Rank: Corporal Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (infantry) Unit/ship/squadron: 117th Coy.
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Laurence Walter Smith passed away on July 31, 1917 at 22 years of age. He was buried in Track X Cemetery E. 43., Belgium. He was born c. 1895. We have no information about Laurence's family or relationships.

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In 1895, in the year that Laurence Walter Smith was born, on September 3rd, in Latrobe, PA, the first professional football game was played. The game was between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe won 12 - 0.

In 1900, he was just 5 years old when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1908, by the time he was merely 13 years old, unemployment in the U.S. was at 8.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents while the population in the United States was 88,710,000. The world population was almost 4.4 billion.

In 1917, in the year of Laurence Walter Smith's passing, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

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