Photograph courtesy of Julia.


Born: 1895, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Died: 13th January 1915; age 19; died of Lobar Pneumonia – 2 days, at Connaught Hospital, South Farnborough, Hampshire.

Present at the death – A. Redden – of Connaught Hospital.

Residence: 85, Alan Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Chauffeur.


Joined the Royal Flying Corps – 8th December 1914.


Rank: Airman Mechanic 2nd Class, Service Number: 2524

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps Recruits Depot (Farnborough).


Grave Reference: IMG_6717


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert William & Louisa A. Smith, of 88, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.




1901   85, Alan Road, Ipswich.


Wilfred was 6 years old and living with his parents.

Herbert William Smith, 32, a Bricklayer, born Coggleshall, Essex.

Louisa Amelia Smith (nee Powley), 32, born Blofield, Norfolk.


1911   85, Alan Road, Ipswich.


Wilfred was 16 years old, a Clerk – Insurance Office. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Herbert, 42, a Bricklayer – Retort Setter – Gas Works.

Louisa, 42.

Hilda Jessie Smith, 9, born Ipswich.

Richard Frank Smith, 4, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa Smith – mother.

Wilfred is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.

Evening Star – Tuesday, 19th January 1915 – FUNERAL OF AIRMAN AT IPSWICHThe funeral took place at Ipswich Cemetery on Saturday, 16th January 1915, of Wilfred Herbert Smith, 2nd Air Mechanic, Royal Flying Corps. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Smith, of 85, Alan Road, Ipswich. He was greatly respected by his officers, non-commissioned officers and comrades of the Royal Flying Corps, Farnborough, many of whom wished to be present at the funeral. The officers at Farnborough desired to have a military funeral arranged with the officers of the Royal Field Artillery to carry out the necessary arrangements. They supplied the gun carriage, firing party desired and buglers, and about 40 men, under Lieutenant Muirhead, of the 6th Battery R.F.A. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack and numerous wreaths from friends far and near, was followed by his sorrowing parents and friends, the comrades of the Royal Flying Corps carrying the emblems and wreaths brought by them from the Depot. The service, which was most impressive, was conducted by the Reverend W. H. Williamson, of Holy Trinity, Ipswich. This was followed by the firing of three volleys, and the buglers sounded the “Last Post.”

Floral emblems were sent from his sorrowing parents (an aeroplane), his brother, Dick and sister, Hilda, from his comrades, Block A, No. 1 Room (a floral aeroplane), floral tributes from officers, N.C.O.s and men from the Royal Flying Corps Depot, uncle Dick and cousins – Ethel, Emma, Muriel and Daisy; uncle and aunt A. Parr, from Brixton; uncle and aunt from Battersea; cousins – Tom and Blanche; his old Ipswich chums, S. E. Clarey, Ernest, and Horace (artificial globes); his late employers, Mr. and Mrs. F. Makepeace, of Ipswich; Sidney Crisp; Miss Winnie Bird; Mr. and Mrs. Clarke, and Mrs. Forsdike; Mr. and Mrs. Capon and Percy; Mr. and Mrs. Trew; Mr. and Mrs. Burton Gooding; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Calver; Mr. and Mrs. E. Peake; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert and Ruby; and his old friend Minnie.



 Royal Flying Corps 





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