Smith, A W
ARTHUR WILLIAM SMITH
Remembered with honour Ecoivres Military Cemetery: Plot III, Row K, Grave 6.
He enlisted in Smethwick, Staffs, and was formerly Gunner 5344, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Arthur’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Arthur in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 31 March 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 23 March 1918 and 22 March 1919.
Son of William and Annie (nee WELLS) SMITH; husband of Annie Emily Kate (nee RICHARDSON) SMITH.
His parents married 6 June 1892 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. William died 191 aged 48; Annie died 1923 aged 51; both in the Watford district.
Arthur was born 1892 in Watford, and baptised 3 March 1893 at St Mary’s, Watford. He married 21 June 1913 at St Michael’s, Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 8 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a shop assistant aged 18, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and seven siblings.
Unit129th Heavy Battery
Date of death21/03/1917
Age at death25
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)