Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 39 and 41.
He enlisted in Bedford, and was formerly Private 23760 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Joseph’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 Joseph in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 21 July 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 8 June 1918 and 7 June 1919.
Son of Joseph and Ann (nee BATES) SMITH of Watford.
His parents married 22 December 1878 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. Joseph died 26 June 1920 in Watford aged 64, and was buried 30 June in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
Joseph was born 1881 in Watford, and baptised 24 June 1991 at St Mary’s, Watford. He resided in Watford.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 9 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, a cycle maker and repairer aged 19, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a carpenter aged 29, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings.
Date of death07/06/1917
Age at death36
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)