Leven war veteran Charles dies at 92

A LEVEN war veteran, who fought in some of world’s most famous battles, has passed away at the age of 92.

Charles Smith, born in 1920, signed up for the Army when he was just 19 years old as the nation was drawn into World War Two.

He joined the 7th Battalion Black Watch and was soon involved in fighting overseas.

Mr Smith was among those who fought on the beaches of Dunkirk in June 1940 before he was eventually rescued.

After the evacuation he was posted to North Africa and saw action in the battles of Tobruk and El-Alamein in 1942.

From there he went to Sicily and was then in the battle for Monte Cassino in 1944, where he was seriously wounded.

As fate would have it, the soldier who came to his aid in the Army hospital was his brother-in-law, John Elder, who asked the surgeon to do his best to save his leg as he had a young family at home in Levenmouth.

Mr Smith returned home to the UK and spent nearly two years in various hospitals recovering from his injuries.

He had three sons, Ian, Charlie and James, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and was married to Martha.

Son Ian told the Mail: “He never really said too much about it all.

“As a typical Black Watch soldier, nothing was too hard for him; he just wanted to protect the family he had and the way of life back home.”

After recovering, Mr Smith went back to work and spent 31 years down the pits before ending his working days at Methil Power Station.

He died peacefully on Monday, August 13 at the Abbotsford Care home in Methil.

His funeral service is being held today (Wednesday).