image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper
Born: 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 9th April 1917; age 21; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 3/8897
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Smith; husband of Sophia Florence Smith, of 7, Lower Barclay Street, Ipswich.
In 1916, Ipswich, Charles married Sophia Florence Newton, born 1898, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:
Agnes Elizabeth Smith, born January 1918, Cosford, Suffolk
Sophia & Agnes, 8th January 1934 at Sarony, Major’s Corner, Ipswich. Photograph courtesy of Jane Yanko.
Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion
“2nd Battalion the Suffolk’s emerged from caves onto its assembly trenches in support of the 4th Royal Fusiliers, objective known as the “Harp”
The 2nd Battalions casualties were “comparatively light, scarcely exceeding one hundred” all objectives taken with no counter attack.”