Born: 1882, Upton, Norfolk.

Died: 15th October 1914, age 35; KiA vessel torpedoed by submarine in the North Sea.


Rank: Private: Service Number: CH/10510.

Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry, H.M.S.’Hawke’.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Leonard & Emily J. Smith, of 24, Wells Street, Ipswich.




1891   Upton with Fishley, Norfolk.


Edward was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Leonard Smith, 44, a Grocer – employer, born Strumpshaw, Norfolk.

Emily Jean Smith (Stout), 42, a Shop Assistant, born Upton.

Arthur John Smith, 7, born Upton.

Isabel Emma Smith, 4, born Upton.


1911   26, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Edward was 29 years old, a Private – Royal Marines. He was living with his parents & sister.

Leonard, 64, a Market Gardener – own account.

Emily, 61.

Isabel, 24, a Dressmaker – own account.

63rd Division Royal Marine Light Infantry,


H.M.S. ‘Hawke’, a British Edgar class First Class Protected Cruiser. Torpedoed by German submarine U-9 off Aberdeen in the North Sea. The torpedo hit amidships igniting a magazine and causing a tremendous explosion which ripped much of the ship apart. H.M.S. ‘Hawke’ capsized in 10 minutes. The destroyer ‘Swift’ and the streamer ‘Modesta’ picked up 71 survivors, about 500 crew were lost.

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