John Richard Gutteridge Smith was born in Watford on 21 February 1890. His father, Joseph Gutteridge Smith, was a retired paper manufacturer at Hampermill, Oxhey, living on his own means.
John joined the Artists’ Rifles in August 1915 and obtained a commission as 2nd Lieutenant. Home on leave on 7 September 1916, he married Elsie Marjorie Ferryman in Watford. He died three months later at Le Touquet on 30 December 1916,
Son of Isabel and the late Joseph Gutteridge Smith, of Wiggen Hall, Watford, Herts. Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.