Major, 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Died 03/12/1917 age 31.

Buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, France.

Fomer student of mechanical engineering.


Edmund was the third son of William and Jane Robinson Smyth. Born in 1886 at Bainbridge and educated at St. Columbia’s College, Dublin he entered Manchester University in 1905. There appears to be no record of whether he completed his studies. He was director of both Smyth’s Weaving Company Limited and Lisburn Weaving Company. He was known as Teddy to his friends and family and was an Irish international rugby player being capped four times.

Edmund was gazetted on 15th September with the Royal Irish Rifles, promoted to Major and awarded the Military Cross. He was wounded on 1st July 1916 and killed at Marcoing in France on 3rd December 1917. He left effects worth £4103 12s 6d to David Wilson Smyth, a merchant, and Jessie B. Smyth, spinster.