Registered at birth LEWIN THOMAS SMITH


Born: 11th February 1869, Union Workhouse, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Baptised: 28th November 1869, at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich. Parents: Thomas & Hannah Smith.

Died: 6th July 1901; age 31; Died of Disease at Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa.

Occupation: a Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 29th January 1891.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 83391.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 75th Battery.


Clasps Awarded: Paardeberg, Joannesburg & Cape Colony.




1871   Ipswich Union Workhouse, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


Thomas was 2 years old, he was an inmate at  the workhouse with his widowed mother and sister.

Hannah Smith (nee Cutting), 25, a Housemaid – Domestic Servant, born Ipswich.

Ada Lucy Maud Cutting, 6, born Ipswich.


1881   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 11 years old, an Inmate at the Workhouse School. His surname was recorded as Everett. His step siblings were also Inmates.

Annie Laura Smith Everett, 7, born Ipswich.

Arthur Edward Everett, 3, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Everett, 2, born Ipswich.


Thomas’s mother, step father & sister were Pauper/Inmates at the Union Workhouse, Whip Street, Ipswich.

Arthur Everett, 32, a Farm Servant, born Ipswich.

Hannah Everett, 36.

Kate Alice Everett, 5 months, born Ipswich.


By the 1891 census, the Everett family had moved to Cowper Road, Rainham, Essex.


Thomas’s father was Thomas Smith born 1840 – died in the summer of 1870, Ipswich. A Seaman – Merchant Service.


Thomas’s sister, Ada Lucy Maud Cutting, was 8 years old, when she was sent to Canada as a child migrant. She sailed on the S.S. ‘Sarmatian’ from the Port of Liverpool – arrived at the Port of Quebec, Canada, on the 12th May 1873. Ada married James Dines, in 1890, Montréal, Province of Quebec. They had two daughters, Eliza Dines, born 1887, and Freda Maud Dines, born March 1890. They made their family home at St. Antoine Ward, Montréal.


Soldiers’ Effects to Annie Smith – widow.

The Boer War.

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