Remembered with honour La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery: Plot II, Row A, Grave 4.
He enlisted in Chesterfield, Derbys; was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died at 55 Casualty Clearing Station of wounds received in action. Unfortunately, Edwin’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a brief article about and a Death announcement for Edwin in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 12 May 1917; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 4 May 1918. Also an article in the Derbyshire Times dated 12 May 1917.
Son of Mary Ann Hawkins (nee RICE) SMITH of Staveley, Chesterfield and the late Edwin SMITH; husband of Ethel Fanny (nee HEATH) SMITH of Watford
His parents married 22 June 1874 at St John the Baptist, Staveley. Edwin died 1913 in the Chesterfield district aged 58, and was buried at Eckington, Derbys.
Edwin was born 1892 in Staveley, and baptised 24 February 1892 at St John’s, Staveley. He married 8 January 1916 at the Congregational Church, Watford, and resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 9 he lived in Staveley, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a coal miner aged 19, he still lived in Staveley, with his parents and one sibling.
Date of death28/04/1917
Age at death26
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)