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Private Hyman ('Harold') Smollan was an English soldier of the British Army who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1926, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the son of Henry and Annie Smollan (née Clayman), of Middlesbrough and York, respectively.

Aged 19, Smollan died on 7 April 1945, when three aerial bombs rigged beneath a road exploded while his company was preparing to secure the German village of Moordorf. He had been serving with the 7th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, attached from the West Yorkshire Regiment. Smollan was the sole fatality.[1] Two of his brothers, Joshua and Dennis, had died while serving with the Royal Air Force. Their three other siblings - Abby, Bert, and Rita - survived the war.[2]

He is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery.

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  1. Smollan, Harold, paradata.org.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. The fighting Smollans, jewishindependent.ca. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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