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Harry Leslie Smith Bio, Wiki, Age, Net Worth, Cause of Death, Wife (Friede Edelmann), Children

28th Nov: Second World War veteran and political activist, Harry Leslie Smith dies, aged 95

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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

Allegiance  UK
Service/branch  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 StatesmanThe Daily MirrorInternational 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 with Wife, Friede Edelmann
Harry Leslie Smith with Wife, Friede Edelmann

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.”

 

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