John Thomas Smith (1884–1929)


East Yorkshire Regiment 34993

7th Battalion

Derbyshire Times: 2 June 1917

Newspaper photo of John Thomas Smith

John was born in about 1884, the son of Crich butcher Arthur and Ann Smith. Before joining the army John Thomas worked as a joiner. In May 1917, after four months in France, he was wounded in action during the Battle of Arras, receiving a shrapnel wound to the left leg. He was in the Kitchener Australian Hospital, Brighton, for nine months where his leg was amputated. John was awarded the Silver War Badge and returned to the family home at Crich on his discharge..

Medal Index card
John T Smith; 34993, 7th E.Yorks Rgt; awarded Victory and British War Medals
Enlisted 3/12/15; discharged 12/7/18

Silver War Badge
34003; Private John Thos Smith; East Yorks Regt; badge 428,039; enlistment 3/12/15; discharge 12/7/18; aged 34; served overseas

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Times, 2 June 1917
Crich Casualties
Private J. T. Smith, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, was seriously wounded in the thigh whilst in action on the Western Front on the 13th May. He is now lying at the Kitchener Australian Red Cross Hospital, Brighton, from which place he has written to his mother, Mrs Arthur Smith, of The Archway, Crich, as follows: – I should not have sent you the field card, but that I thought you would be wondering what had become of me. I had begun to think that I would not get out of here. You have no need to worry, as my leg is going on as well as it can. I was under the X-Rays, but nothing was found in. I thought I had a bad wound until I got to hospital, but then I saw many much worse. The week before I was hit we had bad luck: the place where I was billeted – a large warehouse with shells stacked outside – took fire. There were between two hundred and three hundred men in the place, and it was a rush to get out, many having neither coats nor boots on. Everything was burned. I received my wound when going to the front line whilst I was in the communication trench. ‘Fritz’ had started sending shells over and one burst just at the back of me, and a piece of the case must have hit me”.

Derbyshire Courier, 15 September 1917
Private John T Smith of Archway House, who was wounded in the leg by shrapnel several months ago, is seriously ill in Brighton Hospital. A telegram was forwarded by the matron of the institution on Wednesday to Mrs Smith to inform her that Private Smith was in a serious condition, and requesting her to go immediately if she desired to see him. It is understood that he is suffering from septic poisoning, the result of the wounds in his leg, whilst malaria has also set in. During the past few days he has undergone three operations.

Derbyshire Courier, 23 February 1918
Private John T Smith, of Archway House, arrived home at the beginning of the week, after being in Brighton Hospital for nine months. He was wounded in the left leg and was brought to Kitchener Hospital, Brighton, where he had the limb amputated, after an unsuccessful attempt to save it. He was wounded after being in France four months.

Pension Record

John Thomas Smith Pension record


1891: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Arthur Smith Head 49 Butcher Crich
Ann Smith wife 37   Crich
James Smith son 12   Crich
John T Smith son 7   Crich
Sarah Smith daughter 3   Crich
James Smith father (wdwr) 77 Wheelwright Crich

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1901: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Ann Smith Head (wdw) 47 Butcher Crich
James Smith son 22 Wheelwright Crich
John T Smith son 17 Joiner apprentice Crich
Sarah Smith daughter 14   Crich
Ellen Smith daughter 7 Dressmaker apprentice Crich

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1911: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Ann Smith Head (wdw) 57 Butcher Crich
J. Thos Smith son 27 Joiner Crich
Sarah Smith daughter 23 At home Crich
Helen Smith daughter 16 Dressmaker apprentice Crich
Hilda Roberts boarder 21 School teacher Ruabon

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1918 Crich voters
John Thomas Smith, Archway; absent on military service.