Smith, R F
REGINALD FREDERICK SMITH
Remembered with honour Arras Memorial: Bay 10.
He attested 29 November 1915 at Lincoln’s Inn, London, in the Territorial Force for 4 years’ service in the U.K.: aged 17, 5’11” tall, of Watford; Private 7957, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. He served at Home 29 November 1915 to 22 November 1916, and was discharged in consequence of being appointed to a commission in the 15th Battalion London Regiment 29 November 1916. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, which were sent to his father of Watford. He was killed in action 13* or 22* May 1917.
There is a brief mention of Reginald in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 25 July 1914; an article and a Death announcement in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 2 June 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 18 May 1918 and 17 May 1919.
Son of Reginald Charles/Charlie and Ellen Mary (nee MUNDAY) SMITH of Oxhey, Herts.
His parents married 1897 in the Alton, Hants, district. Reginald died 4 June 1955 in Bushey, Herts, aged 82; Ellen died 25 April 1962 in Watford aged 89.
Reginald was born 8 February 1898 in Croydon, Surrey, and baptised 25 September 1898 at St John the Baptist, Alresford, Hants. He attended first Alexandra Infants’ School, Watford; then Alexandra School from 9 January 1906 to 29 July 1909; finally Watford Grammar School from September 1909 to November 1915.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1901 Census, aged 3 he lived in Watford, with his parents and no siblings. On the 1911 Census, aged 13 he still lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings.
Unit15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles)
Date of death14*/05/1917
Age at death19
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)