Challis George Smith (1897–1974)


Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment PS/1808 16th Battalion 29th Division

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Challis Smith

Notes: Simon Johnson
On the original Roll of Honour he was recorded as Pte. Geo C. Smith.

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Challis Smith in WW1

Challis Smith WW1 document

Challlis Smith WW1 document

Challis was born at Blidworth in December 1897 and died in 1974 at Palm Beach County, Florida. In 1922 he married Ruby M. Morrisey in the St George, Hanover Square registration district.

Challis worked as a valet, and immigrated to the US at some point after 1939. He died in Florida. The other brother Frederick (who didn't serve in WW1) was employed as a chauffeur and a valet. Their father Frederick worked with horses throughout his life – he was a coachman at Chase Cliffe, and by 1939 was employed as a stud groom. All of the family (apart from the daughter, Gladys) were living at Cranbrook in Kent at the time of the 1939 Register.

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Challis Smith

Medal Index
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals.
He entered France 17 November 1915.

1939 Register: The Lodge, Great Swifts, Cranbrook, Kent
George C Smith 1 October 1897; valet
Frederick F Smith b.17 January 1903; chauffeur valet
Winifred Doris Smith b.29 June 1914; house wife
Agnes CM Smith 1 January 1888
three closed records

Challis G Smith married Ruby MM Morrisey in 1922 September qtr (St Geo H Sq district)

Challis George Smith's father, Frederick John Smith, is also on the Roll of Honour


1901: Whittington

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick J Smith Head 30 Coachman Ratby, Leic.
Sarah A Smith wife 29   Boston, Linc.
Challis G Smith son 3   Blidworth
Gladys M Smith daughter 1   Blidworth

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1911: The Lodge, Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick John Smith Head 38 Coachman Ratby, Leic.
Sarah Ann Smith wife 40   Boston, Linc.
Challis George Smith son 13   Blidworth
Gladys Mary Smith daughter 11   Blidworth
Frederick Fox Smith son 8   Whittington
Alfred Hay boarder 25 Groom Hishlovington, Yorks

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