Born in Weston to Reuben and Sarah Jane Smith. Baptised on 1 March 1885 at Weston. 1911 Census: was already enlisted as a Private in the Coldstream Guards and living at the barracks in Aldershot. (although birthplace incorrectly listed as 'Stevenall'). His wife Louisa and son Walter Ernest lived at 101 Lower Park Road, Peckham, London at the time of his death.