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Private Harry William SMITH, G/4991, 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment , killed in action, Flanders France, 3rd July 1916.

Born Petham, Kent, son of James & Bertha Smith, Fox Hill Cottage, Overland, Boughton nr Faversham, Kent.

11th September 1909, Elmstead, Kent, married Sarah Hammond Vidgen, spinster, Church Cottage, Petham, Kent. / Olive Tree Cottage, Stelling Minnis, nr Canterbury, Kent. / Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent.

Children - William John Smith, born 14th December 1902, Elmstead; Harry Herbert Smith, born 29th November 1909, Alkham;


1911 Census - Church Court Lodge Cottages, Petham, near Canterbury, Kent - Harry Smith, head, age 24, married, shepherd on farm, yardman, worker, born Smeeth, Kent; Sarah Smith, wife, age 25, married 1 year, 1 child, still alive, born Lower Hardres, Kent; William Vidgen, stepson, age 8, school, born Stelling, Kent; Harry Smith, son, age 1, born Alkham, Kent.


Children - Frederick George Smith, born 28th August 1911, Pelham; Harold Edmund Thomas, born 22nd April 1913, Pelham; Gladys Hester Rose Smith, born 27th May 1914, Pelham; Arthur Richard Smith, born 5th October 1915, Pelham.

Enlisted  Canterbury, Kent, age 27 years & 11 months, height 5ft 6½ inches, weight 140lbs.  Resided Church Cottage, Pelham, Kent. Formerly cowman.

Home, 12th December 1914 to 28th June 1915; BEF, 29th June 1915 to 3rd July 1916.

12th December 1914, enlisted; 17th December 1914, joined Royal West Kent Regiment at Maidstone, Depot; 24th December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th February 1915 to 20th February 1915, Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, Kent, in-growing toenail, nail removed; 29th June 1915, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th June 1915, embarked; 12th August 1915, 12th Infantry Base Depot, joined 10th Entrenching Battalion, In the Field; 10th October 1915, rejoined Battalion; 3rd March 1916, performed duties as a hair cutter; 17th March 1916, wounded slight, at Duty; 9th May 1916, wounded slight; 24th June 1916, awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.2.

22nd January 1917, pension of 26/6 a week awarded to widow and six children.

8th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Sarah Hammon Smith, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Children - William John Vidgen, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Harry Herbert James Smith, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Frederick George Smith, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Harold Edmund Thomas Smith , Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Gladys Hester Rose Smith, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Arthur Richard Smith, Stowting Common, nr Hythe, Kent; Father, James Smith, age 59, Fox Hill Cottage, Overland, Boughton nr Faversham, Kent; Mother, Bertha Olive Smith, age 56, Fox Hill Cottage, Overland, Boughton nr Faversham, Kent; Brothers - Herbert James Smith, age 20, India, Soldier; Charles Leslie Smith, age 15, Fox Hill Cottage, Overland, Boughton nr Faversham, Kent; Sisters - Daisy Jane Blackford, age 28, Selling, near Faversham; Ethel Rose (married name unreadable), age 26, Spiders Castle, near Willesboro; Lilian May (married name unreadable), age 22, 19 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire; Olive Louise Smith?, age 17, Fox Hill Cottage, Overland, Boughton nr Faversham, Kent;

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


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