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Lance Corporal Charles William SMITH, G/12821, 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 7th October 1916.

Born Bermondsey, Kent, son of John Isaac Smith (deceased by September 1919), 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey. Stepmother, Charlotte Smith, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey.

Enlisted Rochester, Kent, age 18 years & 330 days, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 133lbs, complexion clear, grey eyes, brown hair, scar right knee cap. Resided 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey. Formerly leather repairer.

Home, 16th November 1915 to 13th July 1916; BEF, 14th July 1916 to 7th October 1916.

16th November 1915, enlisted; 17th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 25th March 1916, mobilized; 26th March 1916, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th July 1916, posted BEF; 14th July 1916, embarked; 15th July 1916, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 15th July 1916, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd July 1916, joined 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 9th August 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal.


John Isacc Smith married Charlotte Lear.

Children - 3rd February 1915, St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, baptism of Ivy May Smith, (born 21st January 1915), daughter of John, (portmanteau maker),  & Charlotte Smith, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey 3rd January 1917, St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, baptism of Daisy Violet Smith, (born 11th December 1916), daughter of John Isaac, (portmanteau maker),  & Charlotte Smith, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey.


6th September 1919, Statement of Relatives (completed by John Thomas Smith, eldest brother, age 23) - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, deceased; Dependant Stepmother, Charlotte Smith, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey, SE1; Brothers - Edward Smith, age 18, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey, SE1; Percy Smith, age 12, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey, SE1; Half Blood Sisters - Ivy Smith, age 4 years, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey, SE1; Daisy Smith, age 2 years, 149 Abbey St, Bermondsey, SE1.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.


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