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Private William SMITH, G/23130, 11th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, death presumed on or after, 31st July 1917.

Born Bricklin Lane, Surrey, son of John Smith, 15 Mount Pleasant, Brighton, Sussex / 2 Meadow Cottages, Burgess Hill, Sussex.


1911 Census - 2 Rock Cottages, Wivelsfield Road, Wivelsfield, Haywards Heath, Sussex - John Whitly Mardall, head, age 62, married, Pensioner Army, born Shoreham, Sussex;

Lilian Amy Mardall, wife, age 25, married 6 years, 3 children, 2 still alive, born Burgess Hill, Sussex; Clara Lilian Constance Mardall, daughter, age 3 years & 6 months, born Leatherhead, Surrey; David William Mardall, son, age 1 year & 1 month, born, Haywards Heath, Sussex;

Aleck Mills, lodger, age 26, single, butchers assistant, worker, born Wivelsfield, Sussex.

Cannot find William Smith on 1911 Census.


Enlisted Chichester, Sussex, age 31 years & 1 month, height 5ft 7½ inches, weight 130lbs, cannot read, but able to distinguish objects clearly short and long distance. Resided 2 Meadow Cottages, Burgess Hill, Sussex. Formerly metal dealer.

Home 26th June 1916 to 21st October 1916; BEF 22nd October 1916 to 10th April 1917; Home 12th April 1917 to 13th June 1917; BEF 14th June 1917 to 31st July 1917.

26th June 1916, Called up for Service; 28th June 1916, posted 24th (Reserve Battalion), Middlesex Regiment, Service No.PS/3669; 1st September 1916, transferred to Training Reserve; 1st September 1916, posted 100 Training Reserve Battalion, Service No. TR/10/147480: 24th September 1916, Aldershot, absent without leave from 1.15am 24th September 1916 until 8.00pm 29th September 1916, 7 days Confined to Barracks, forfeits 5 days pay; 22nd October 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd October 1916, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd October 1916, embarked / disembarked; 5th November 1916, joined  Battalion, In the Field; 9th April 1917, wounded; 11th April 1917, 2 A C Hospital, shrapnel wound, left hand, to England; 11th April 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th April1917 to 12th April 1917, Fort Pitt, Military Hospital, Chatham, shrapnel wound, left hand; 12th April 1917 to 5th May 1917, Rusthall Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, shrapnel wound, left hand; 18th May 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th June 1917, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th June 1917, embarked / disembarked; 3rd July 1917, posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th July 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field; 31st July 1917, posted missing.

1st September 1917, letter from Mrs  Smith, No.9 Park Place, Brighton, Sussex to Infantry Records - "If you would be kind enough to oblige me sir if you could tell me weather you could give me any news about my son Pte W Smith as I have not heard from him for the last 6 weeks and I should most obliged to you as I feel anxious to know weather he is still alright and serving with his group and I shall be thankful to you if you could oblidge me by seeing if could find out from yours truly Mrs  Smith, No.9 Park Place, Brighton, Sussex and if you should hear please tell him I have moved to No.9 Park Place, Brighton Mrs Smith from his mother with the best of love to him."

11th October 1917, Declaration to be made by the widow of a soldier in support of her claim to pension for herself and for her children - " l Lily Amy Smith", do solemnly and sincerely declare that I am lawfully married, "I was not married to Private Smith but has lived with me as my husband and is the father of my 3 children" - *David William, born March 4th 1910, at school, with mother; *Dorothy Adelaide May, born January 21st 1914, with mother; *Lilian Minnie, born January 9th 1916, with mother. Signed L Mardall?, (born 24th May 1885), 70 Weston Cottages, West Street, Burgess Hill, Sussex. * all registered as MARDALL

18th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow / Dependant, Lilian Mardall, 23 Luther Street, Elm Grove, Brighton; Children - David William, March 4th 1910; Dorothy Adelaide May, January 21st 1914; Lilian Minnie, January 9th 1916; Father, John William Smith, 9 Park Place, Brighton; Step Mother, Alive Smith, 9 Park Place, Brighton; Brothers, half blood, age & address not known - Lin Smith, Walter Smith, Edward Smith, John Smith; Sisters, half blood, age & address not known - Rebeca Smith, Charley Smith, Lilian Smith; Grandparents, don't know; Nephews / Nieces, don't know;.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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