Arthur Smith

Name

Arthur Smith

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

08/02/1917
30

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
G/18756
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
11th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Panel 45 and 47.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Buntingford Town Memorial Not on the Little Hadham memorials

Pre War

Arthur was born in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, to George and Elizabeth. They were living in 1891 in The Ash, Little Hadham. By 1901 they had moved to Standon Road, Standon and Arthur is an errand boy. He married Florence Ann Dickinson on 15 October 1913 in Harlow. In 1915 when he enlisted he was living in Newtown, Buntingford and was a grocer manager.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Bedford on 10 December 1915 and was originally in the Royal Fusiliers Regiment and was posted to Etaples on the 5 October 1916.


On the 14 October 1916 he was transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment. On 10 February 1917 he was listed as missing and on 14 April 1917 declared killed in action. 

Additional Information

The Commonwealth War Graves site states his next of kin is Mrs F A Smith of Newtown, Buntingford. There are a number of letters from her to the Captain of the regiment asking if he was missing or dead. She then asks for his wedding ring, cigarette case and brown wallet to be returned to her.

Acknowledgments

Kate Thompson
Jonty Wild, Carol Emery