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Harry Leslie Smith
Born (1923-02-25)25 February 1923
Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 28 November 2018(2018-11-28) (aged 95)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Author, activist
Citizenship British
Notable works Harry's Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it
Military career
Allegiance  UK
Service/branch Flag of the United Kingdom Air Force United Kingdom Air Force
Years of service 1941–1948

Harry Leslie Smith (25 February 1923 – 28 November 2018) was a British writer and political commentator. He served in the RAF during the Second World War, later moving to Canada.


After retiring, Smith began writing his memoirs and about the social history of Great Britain, during his youth and in the 21st century. He has written five books about Britain during the Great Depression, the Second World War, and postwar austerity.

Smith writes for The Guardian newspaper, The New Statesman, The Daily Mirror, International Business Times and the Morning Star, and has made a number of public appearances in the UK (including the 2014 Labour Party conference and during the 2015 General Election and the 2016 EU Referendum) and Canada (in his 2015 Stand up For Progress National Tour).

On 20 November 2018 Smith was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering from pneumonia after having a fall at his home. He died a week later on 28 November in Belleville, Ontario at the age of 95.

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