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 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.

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

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.

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


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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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