Unlocking the key to Smudger’s remarkable war service


So, after thirty months of continuous action, in some of the heaviest fighting of the war and in terrible conditions, the 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, could hold its head up and proudly say ‘We helped’, a fascinating new book reveals.

TREVOR Finch first met Ernest ‘Smudger’ Smith when he was courting his daughter Christine. Trevor and Christine married and over many years Ernest told Trevor about his life as a soldier in World War Two. Although asked on numerous occasions to write these stories down, Ernest never had the time or, possibly, the inclination to do so…