Born: 1880, Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Died: 20th April 1918; age 38; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Private; Service Number: M2/178576

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport attached to ‘K’ Siege Park.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference: 


La Neuville British Cemetery,







1881   Church Lane, Brackley, Northamptonshire.


Ernie was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Alfred Smith, 59, a Labourer, born Syresham, Northamptonshire.

Rebecca Smith (nee Webb), 51, born Turweston, Buckinghamshire.

Henry Smith, 21, a Carrier, born Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Alfred James Smith, 15, a Labourer, born Brackley.

Arthur Smith, 9, born Brackley.

Annie Margaret Smith, 7, born Brackley.


1891   on the road to Turweston, Whitfield, Northamptonshire.


Ernest was 14 years old, a Groom, and one of 3 servants for 40 year old, widower, John South, a Carrier & Grocer – employer and his young family.



1911   Shadwell, Thetford, Norfolk.


Ernest was 36 years old, a Chaffeur – Domestic. He was married. He and his family were boarders at the home of 40 year old, George David Gibbs, a Working Foreman on a Farm.

Sheba, 36.

Bernice, 1.


Ernest’s mother, Rebecca Smith, died July 1903, Brackley, Northamptonshire.


In 1908, Reigate, Surrey, Ernest, married Sheba Holt, born 1880, Barking, Essex. They had 1 daughter:

Bernice Margaret Smith, born 1909, Charlwood, Surrey.


Royal Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport attached to ‘K’ Siege Park


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