Harry Leslie Smith Wiki
Harry Leslie Smith Bio
|Harry Leslie Smith was born on 25 February 1923 and died on 28 November 2018. He was a British writer and political commentator. Smith grew up in poverty in Yorkshire, and served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, later emigrating to Canada in November 1953 aboard the Empress of Australia. After retiring, Smith began writing his memoirs and about the social history of Great Britain, during his youth and in the 21st century.|
|Harry Leslie Smith Birthday||He was born on 25th February 1923 Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, UK|
|Harry Leslie Smith Died||28 November 2018 (aged 95) Belleville, Ontario, Canada|
|Harry Leslie Smith Cause of Death||Natural Causes|
|Harry Leslie Smith Occupation||Author, social activist, columnist, Oriental rug importer (retired), RAF serviceman (formerly)|
|Harry Leslie Smith Citizenship||British|
|Harry Leslie Smith Notable works||Harry’s Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built Is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It|
|Harry Leslie Smith Wife||
Elfriede Gisela “Friede” Edelmann
(m. 1947; died 1999)
|Harry Leslie Smith Children||Peter (1959–2009) and John Smith (b. 1963)|
|Harry Leslie Smith Relatives||Marion Smith (sister) (1914–1926), Alberta “Mary” Smith (sister) (1920–1973)|
|Harry Leslie Smith Net Worth||He had an estimated Net Worth of € 1.02 Million as at the time fo his death|
Harry Leslie Smith Military career
||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1941–1948|
Harry Leslie Smith Biography
Smith was born on 25 February 1923, in Barnsley, Yorkshire. His parents were Albert Smith (1867–1943), an unemployed coal miner, and Lillian Dean (1894–1978). His elder sister Marion died of tuberculosis at the age of 10 years, as there was then no cure for the disease and the family could not afford a doctor. After his father lost his job, the family moved to Bradford, then to Halifax. Smith joined the RAF in 1941 and spent several years in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Allied occupation force. Whilst serving there, he met his future wife, Friede. The couple returned to the UK after he was demobilised and he worked at various jobs around the Yorkshire area.
In the 1950s, the couple emigrated to Canada, living in Scarborough in Toronto and later in Belleville, Ontario, and had three sons. Smith made a career in the Oriental rug trade, as a buyer and salesman for Eaton’s, specialising and importing new designs from the Middle East, the former Soviet bloc, and Afghanistan. His wife Friede died in 1999 and his middle son, Peter, died in 2009. After their deaths, Smith consoled himself by turning to writing. Since his retirement, Smith had been a writer of memoirs and social history, dividing his time between Ontario and Yorkshire.
Harry Leslie Smith Career
Smith wrote five books about life in Britain during the Great Depression, the Second World War, and postwar austerity. He wrote columns for The Guardian newspaper, New Statesman, The Daily Mirror, International Business Times and the Morning Star, and has made a number of public appearances in the UK (including at the 2014 Labour Party conference in Manchester and during the 2015 general election and the 2016 EU membership referendum) and Canada (in his 2015 Stand up For Progress National Tour).
His first three books, Love among the ruins (2009) (was Hamburg 1947: A Place for the Heart to Kip), 1923: A Memoir (2010) —these two works were also published together as The Barley Hole Chronicles —and The Empress of Australia: A Post-War Memoir (2013), were self-published autobiographical works. His fourth book, Harry’s Last Stand (2014), was published by Icon Books. Reviewers described this last book as “heart-breaking” and “a furious poem dedicated to the preservation of the welfare state”, and wrote that “the book … meanders between biography and rage against the system. The biography parts are the most compelling…”. and “Smith is a fine writer and a logical thinker, even though Harry’s Last Stand makes its points early and often and is a bit of a rant at times”. It has sold over 18,000 copies.
Harry Leslie Smith Wife (Friede Edelmann) and Children
Leslie Smith met his wife Friede during the posting and after the war, the couple returned to Yorkshire before emigrating to Canada in the 1950s. Smith married his wife, Friede Edelmann in 1947 and they stayed together until her death in 1999. The couple had two children, Peter (1959–2009) and John Smith (b. 1963).
Harry Leslie Smith Death and Cause
On 20 November 2018 Smith was admitted to Belleville General Hospital in critical condition after contracting pneumonia. His hospital stay prompted an international cyber-vigil on Twitter and an outpouring of support from well-wishers from around the world. He died on the morning of 28th November 2018.
Posting on the 95-year-old’s Twitter account, his son John said: “At 3:39 this morning, my dad Harry Leslie Smith died. I am an orphan. #istandwithharry.”
At 3:39 this morning, my dad Harry Leslie Smith died. I am an orphan. #istandwithharry
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) November 28, 2018
Harry Leslie Smith was an inspiring man and this is everyone's loss. He fought to protect freedom, campaigned against poverty and worked to ensure the NHS was free at the point of access. His famous words "your future will be my past" have never had more meaning #IStandWithHarry
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) November 28, 2018
Today we pay tribute to an inspirational comrade and true friend, Harry Leslie Smith. @Harryslaststand really was the best of us. The world will be a poorer place for his passing. X pic.twitter.com/wuk6xXTfCM
— GMB UNION (@GMB_union) November 28, 2018