|Northumberland Fusiliers||37756||25th Battalion HQ|
Photographs courtesy Geoff Turner
Arthur and his brother Herbert lived in Fritchley. Serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he was promoted to sergeant.(He was recorded as Private on the original Roll of Honour). Suffering from shell-shock, he was taken as a PoW in 1918 while defending Bullecourt, France. He was interned in Münster, Minden and Sennelager. Returning home in 1919, he married Frances Ebbern in 1924. The family later settled at Long Eaton where Arthur was employed as a shunter for the LMS Railway.
Derbyshire Times, 25 May 1918
Prisoners of War: Sgt. A Smith of the Northumberland Fusiliers from Fritchley.
Derbyshire Courier, 25 May 1918
PRISONER OF WAR
Sergt Arthur Smith, Fritchley
Gunner Jesse Barratt, Fritchley
Derbyshire Courier 25 May 1918
Mr and Mrs Raymond Smith of Fritchley Green, have had news that their son Sgt Arthur Smith, Northumberland Fusiliers, is in Germany. He writes to say he was captured on 21 March after a terrific bombardment by the Germans, during which he was badly affected by shell-shock. He has practically recovered from its effects. He states that there are several old pals from Belper and Ripley districts amongst those captured along with him. “I’m lucky to be alive,” he says. He has done two years fighting in France.
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.
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
Arthur Smith's brother Herbert Smith is also on the Roll of Honour.
|Raymond||Smith||Head||47||Lime burner||Bull Bridge|
|Mary E||Smith||daughter||17||Cotton mill hand||Fritchley|
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1918 Crich voters
Arthur Smith, Fritchley; absent on military service.
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