James Alfred Smith (1892–1968)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)    
South Staffordshire Regiment 204409 6th Battalion
Bedfordshire and Herefordshire Regiment 285036 1st Battalion
Army Service Corps    

Photos Ann Crisp

James Alfred Smith

Born in Manchester during 1892, the son of James and Harriet Smith, he married Crich-born Florence Stocks in 1914. He worked as an underground coal-filler. While serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment he was wounded, and this was briefly reported in the Derby Daily Telegraph dated 12 June 1918.
His cap badge in the photograph looks like that of the Bedfordshire Regiment.

James Alfred Smith

James c 1950s

Newspaper report

Derby Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 12 June 1918
204409 J. A. Smith South Staffs (Crich)

Certificate of demobilization and letter

Courtesy Irene Skull

record of James Alfred Smith in WW1

letter to James Alfred Smith in WW1

letter to James Alfred Smith in WW1

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.


1901:South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Smith Head 35 Coal miner Poynton
Harriet Smith wife 35   South Wingfield
James Alfred Smith son 9   Manchester
Sydney Smith son 5   Manchester
Rowland Smith son 2   South Wingfield
Wilfred Smith son 10mo   South Wingfield

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1911: South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Harriet Smith Head (wdw) 45   South Wingfield
Wilfred Smith son 11   South Wingfield
Roland Smith son 12   South Wingfield
George Henry Smith son 7   South Wingfield
Sydney Smith son 15 Pony driver below ground Manchester
James Alfred Smith son 19 Coal filler below ground Manchester

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1918 Crich voters
James Alfred Smith, Market Place; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Chapel Lane, Crich
James A Smith b.23 June 1892; coliery hewer heavy worker
Florence Smith b.13 November 1889
Betty Wingfield (Smith) b.19 March 1923; hosiery sorter