The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant H R Smith


Lieutenant Harold Robert SMITH,  8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Thursday 7th November 1918, age 26.

Born 1893, Snodland, Kent, son of Robert H  and  Harriet Smith, of Woodcroft, Snodland, Kent.

Sisters - Kathleen Smith, born 1896 & Doris Mabel Smith born 1899.

1911 Census - Woodcroft, Snodland, Kent - Robert Smith, head, age 46, married, Secretary to Company, Papermaking, worker, born London; Harriet Smith, wife, age 45, married 21 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Maidstone, Kent; Harold Robert Smith, son, age 18, single, Pupil Teacher, Elementary, County Council, worker, born Snodland, Kent; Kathleen Smith, daughter, age 15, single, school, born Snodland, Kent; Doris Mabel Smith, daughter, age 12, school, born Snodland, Kent.

From Medal Card - Inns of Court Officer Training Corps, 3852; Lieutenant Royal West Kent Regiment; Captain Royal West Kent Regiment.

2nd May 1916, posted BEF.

31st March 1917, Harold Robert Smith, age 24, bachelor, Second Lieutenant, 111, Fernside Road, Balham, father Robert Smith, Secretary, married Bessie Mary  Dibblee, age 24, spinster, 111, Fernside Road, Balham, father William Alexander Dibblee, Civil Servant.

Commemorated Vis-enArtois Memorial, Panel 7, Pas de Calais, France /  All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery; New Jerusalem, Snodland.


NOTE: Regimental History & Officers Died in the Great War both show rank as Second Lieutenant; CWGC web site shows rank as Captain.

London Gazette 6th August 1915.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). 9th Battalion.

Harold Robert Smith to be temporary Second Lieutenant. Dated 28th July, 1915.

London Gazette 25th October 1917.

War Office, 25th October, 1917. REGULAR FORCES. - Service Battalions.

The under mentioned temporary 2nd Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants : 1 July 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment.- H. R. Smith.

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