The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A T Smith


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Private Arthur Thomas SMITH, L/10556, 7th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, attached 55th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), killed in action, Flanders France, 1st July 1916.

5th November 1896, born Peasmarsh, Rye, Sussex, son of John & Charlotte Smith, Park Cottage, Peasmarsh, Sussex.


1911 Census - Park Cottage, Peasmarsh, Sussex - John Smith, head, age 70, married, gamekeeper, worker, born Frittenden, Kent; Charlotte Smith, wife, age 57, married 34 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Yalding, Kent; James William Smith, son, age 30, single, gamekeeper, worker, born Staplehurst, Kent; Arthur Thomas Smith, son, age 14, school, born Peasmarsh, Sussex; Frances Sarah Phipps, visitor, age 34, single, general servant domestic, born Brookland, Kent.


Enlisted Warrington, Lancashire, age 18, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 118½lbs, complexion, ruddy, blue eyes, fair hair. Formerly gardener.

Home 10th November 1914 to 8th February 1916; BEF 9th February 1916 to 1st July 1916.

10th November 1914, enlisted; 11th November 1914, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th November 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd June 1915, Qualified in Table "C", Machine Gun Course; 9th February 1916, posted BEF, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & embarked; 1st March 1916, Etaples, Station Hospital, ex 18 Infantry Base Depot, measles slight; 31st March 1916, Etaples, 18 Infantry Base Depot; 14th April 1916, joined 7th Battalion, In the Field.

13th June 1919, Statement of Relatives, (completed by Annie Martin, sister) - Widow, nil; Children, nil; Father, John Smith, Park Cottage, Peasmarsh, Sussex; Mother, deceased; Brothers - James William Smith, age 39, Park Cottage, Peasmarsh, Sussex; Sisters - Annie Martin, age 40, Park Cottage, Peasmarsh, Sussex; Elizabeth King, age 57, 6 Cinque Ports Square, Rye; Grandparents, nil; Nephews / Nieces, nil; Uncles / Aunts, nil.

Buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, VIII. C. I., Mametz, France.


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