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Private W H Smith


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Private William Henry SMITH, S/379, 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 3rd July 1916.

Born Camberwell, London, SE, son of George Alfred Smith, 45 Crampton Road, Penge, SE / 99 Northboro Road, Norbury, SE.16.

9th February 1890, St Peter & St Paul, Grays Thurrock, Essex, William Henry Smith, married Henrietta Curtis, (born 21st June 1864),15 Crampton Road, Penge, SE  / 91 Westmorland Road, Walworth, SE. 

Children - Ernest Smith; Emily Kathleen Smith; Bert Edward Smith, born 16th December 1899, Penge; Frank James Smith, born 9th October 1901, Penge; Sidney Joseph Smith, born 4th February 1903, Croydon; Beatrice Rose Smith, born 14th May 1908, Bromley.


1911 Census - 96 Station Road, Penge SE - William Henry Smith, head, age 40, married, window cleaner, own account, born Camberwell, London; Henrietta Smith, wife, age 45, married 21 years, 9 children, 6 still alive, born Salford, Manchester; Ernest Smith, son, age 13, newsagent boy / school, born Penge, Surrey; Emily Kathleen Smith, daughter, age 12, born Penge, Surrey; Bert Edward Smith, son, age 11, newsagent boy / school, born Penge, Surrey; Frank James Smith, son, age 9, school, born Penge, Surrey; Sidney Joseph Smith, son, age 8, school, born Penge, Surrey; Beatrice Rose Smith, daughter, age 2, born Penge, Surrey.


Previously served in Rifle Brigade, Termination of Engagement..

Enlisted Bromley, Kent, age 33, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 146lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair, elephant & palm tree on chest, left forearm, cross, ????, rose?, right forearm, highlander? & girl. Formerly labourer.

Home, 2nd September 1914 to 31st May 1916; BEF, 1st June 1915 to 3rd July 1916.

2nd September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th September 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 17th April 1915, Aldershot, absent from Tattoo, 4 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 3 days pay; 28th May 1915, Aldershot, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 1st June 1915, posted BEF & embarked; 26th May 1916, absent from Parade, 14 days confined to Barracks; 3rd July 1916, posted missing.

12th March 1917, pension of 25/6 a week awarded to widow and three children.

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


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