Arthur Smith (1895–1969)


Northumberland Fusiliers 37756 25th Battalion HQ

Photographs courtesy Geoff Turner

Arthur Smith in WW1

Arthur Smith and others in WW1

Arthur is second right on the front row.
On the back of this photograph is written: 2 August 1919, Durrington Camp, Salisbury.
On his right jacket sleeve are three overseas service chevrons

Arthur was born in 1896 and worked as a farm labourer before joining the army. A newspaper report in the Derbyshire Times dated 25th May 1918 stated that “Sgt. A Smith of the Northumberland Fusiliers from Fritchley was a Prisoner of War.”

1918 Crich voters
Arthur Smith, Fritchley; absent on military service.

Newpaper Reports

Derbyshire Times 25 May 1918
Prisoners of War: Sgt. A Smith of the Northumberland Fusiliers from Fritchley.

Derbyshire Courier 25 May 1918
Sergt Arthur Smith, Fritchley
Gunner Jesse Barratt, Fritchley
Pte Thomas Leafe, Fritchley

Derbyshire Courier 11 January 1919
Sgt Arthur Smith, Northumberland Fusiliers of Fritchley Green, has written to his parents stating that he has landed in England. He arrived in at Hull at the beginning of the week, after being a prisoner for about 10 months. He was captured whilst suffering from shell shock, by the weekend he hopes to have reached home.

PoW Record

Arthur Smith WW1 PoW record

Sergt A 37756, Northumberland Fusiliers, Missing 21 or 23 March 1918, France. Father Mr Smith, The Green Fritchley

Munster I: Smith Arthur 37756, Sgt, North. Fusiliers 25 Bat HQ; Bullecourt 21.3.18, Keine Sunde von der front; 29.10.96, Fritchley. Mrs Smith, Green Fritchley

Minden: Smith Arthur 37756, Sgt, North. Fusiliers 25 Bat "C"; Bullercourt 21.3.18, Minden; 29.10.96, Derby. the Green, Fritchley

There is a note on the record which states from Minden to Senne. (Senne could refer to Sennelager Camp just north of Paderborn)

Arthur Smith is recorded as Private on the original Roll of Honour.

1939 Register: Long Eaton
Arthur Smith b.29 October 1895; class I shunter LMS, ARP for LMS railway
Frances L Smith b.22 August 1901
Constance C Turner (Smith) b.22 June 1928; school

Arthur Smith married Frances L Ebbern in 1924 September qtr (Mansfield reg district)


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Raymond Smith Head 47 Lime burner Bull Bridge
Ann E Smith wife 44   Fritchley
Mary E Smith daughter 17 Cotton mill hand Fritchley
William Smith son 14 Navvy Fritchley
Herbert Smith son 8   Fritchley
Arthur Smith son 5   Fritchley
Mary Smith daughter 9 mo   Fritchley
Lilly Smith daughter 12   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Raymond Smith Head 57 Lime burner Wingfield
Ann Elen Smith wife 54   Fritchley
W Smith son 24 Lime drawer Fritchley
A Smith son 15 Farmer servant Fritchley
Lizzie Smith daughter 26 Cotton Spinner Fritchley

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Arthur Smith's brother Herbert Smith is also on the Roll of Honour.