Herbert Smith (1892–1962)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)   6th Battalion

Photos courtesy Mick Smith

Photo of Herbert Smith in WW1

Born in 1893, Herbert worked at Ambergate wireworks. 1911 found him as a patient in Ridgeway Isolation Hospital. Herbert married Sarah Elizabeth Flint in 1912. She was the sister of Joseph Bertram Flint. and he died in 1964.

The 1918 Electoral Register shows Herbert Smith living in Crich Carr as an absent voter.
In 1939 Herbert, Sarah and sons Ronald and Reginald are living at Woodland View, Crich Carr

Photo of Herbert Smith with friends in WW1

Herbert Smith (on the right) with two friends

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier, 26 October 1918
Pte. Herbert Smith, Crich Carr

Derbyshire Courier, 26 October 1918
Pte. Herbert Smith, Crich Carr writing to his parents at the Green, Fritchley, informs them that he has a wound on the hand. and is now in Blighty. He says: "A few days after this occurred an officer of the South African Infantry was brought in seriously wounded and had lost a lot of blood, so I gave him 1½pints of mine to try to save him. Last time I heard he was progressing very well."

Herbert Smith's brother Arthur 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: Ridgeway Hospital

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Herbert Smith Patient 18 Wire drawer Fritchley

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1939 Register: Woodland View, Whatstandwell
Herbert Smith b.24 December 1892; coal salesman heavy work
Sarah E Smith b.27 November 1891
Ronald H Smith b.4 July 1913; stone sawyer heavy work
Reginald A Smith b.17 January 1920; lorry driver heavy work