GEORGE SMITH

 

 

Born: 1889, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd May 1915; Died of Wounds – Gun Shot Wound – Thigh – at Rawalpindi British Hospital, Wimereux. Served 5 years & 335 days.

 

The Rawalpindi British Hospital had been two hotels – Hotel Continental & the Hotel de la Plage.

 

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 4th June 1909; Age: 20 years & 6 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion CofE: . Height; 5ft 5 1/2ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair. Next of Kin: elder brother – Sidney Smith, of 7, Peasenhal Green, York. Tattoo – right forearm – Tomestone – In Loving Memory of my Dear Father. And various other tattoo marks on both forearms. Scar 2 inches long – right side of neck.

 

A Character Reference was sought for George from Mr. W. Bird, of Nelson Road, Ipswich, a Foreman for G.E.Railways. Mr Bird wrote that George was Sober, honest and hardworking. Was employed until the 2nd June 1909 to join the army.

 

Service:

Home: 3rd June 1909 – 18th November 1910.

India: 19th November 1910 – 18th November 1914.

Home: 19th November 1915 – 14th January 1915.

France: 15th January 1915 – 3rd May 1915.

 

Date of Entry Therein: 15th January 1915 – France.

 

Wounded: 26th April – 1915 – Gun Shot Wound – Thigh – Boulogne.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 9544

Regiment: Yorkshire & Lancaster Regiment, 1st Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

I.F.28.

Wimereux Communal Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Maples Court, Ipswich.

 

George was 3 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Edward Smith, 39, a Rivetter – Shoe Maker, born Needham Market, Suffolk.

Isabella Smith (nee Vincent), 29, born Fressingfield, Suffolk.

Sidney Smith, 7 born Ipswich.

Edward Smith, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1901   1, Chapel Yard, Gipping Street, Ipswich.

 

George was 13 years old and living with his widowed father & brothers.

Edward, 48, a Shoe Rivetter.

Sidney, 17, a Shoe Rivetter.

James Smith, 7, born Ipswich.

William Smith, 4, born Ipswich.

 

George’s mother, Isabella Smith, died 1899, Ipswich.

 

 Yorkshire & Lancaster Regiment, 1st Battalion

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