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152 Siege Battery
Photos courtesy Peter Robinson
Lawrence, born in about 1888, was the son of Samuel Smith and Annie. Samuel was publican at the Bull’s Head on Cromford Road, Crich. Lawrence attested in February 1916 at Ripley, aged twenty-eight, an unmarried grocer’s warehouseman. In April 1916 he was admitted into the Military Hospital, Great Yarmouth, suffering from influenza. He entered France in August 1916, was appointed Lance Bombardier in January 1919 and demobbed the following March.
You can see the Bulls Head pub sign on the left. Lawrence's father was publican here.
1918 Crich voters
Lawrence Henry Smith, Bulls Head Inn; absent on military service.
Army Service Record
He attested on 22/02/16 at Ripley aged 28 years 4 months, an unmarried grocer's warehouseman. His address was near church Crich. He was 5ft 10½in tall, weighed 154lb and the next of kin was his father, Samuel Smith of Crich.
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
08/04/16 to 30/08/16 Home
22/04/16 to 28/04/16 Hospital with influenza (Military Hospital Great Yarmouth)
31/08/16 Folkestone to Boulogne
11/12/17 Leave to UK with RA
21/11/18 Attached RGA Canteen
29/11/18 to 13/12/18 Leave to UK
12/01/19 Appointed acting paid Lance Bombadier
08/02/19 Admitted hospital
17/02/19 Discharged to duty
1939 Register: Jubilee Avenue, Ripley
Lawrence H Smith b.2 October 1887; provisions shop manager
Hilda O Smith b.21 September 1896
Averil E Smith b. 18 October 1925; school
one closed record
Lawrence H Smith married Hilda O Robinson in 1920 September qtr (Belper reg district)
His brother William Edward Smith also served during WW1 but is not on the Crich Eoll of Honour as he did not reside in Crich when the family moved here from Alvaston.
1891: Baker Street, Alvaston and Boulton
|James||Smith||son||24||Plate M railway labourer||Alvaston|
RG12 piece 2722 folio 9 page 11
1901: Baker Street, Alvaston and Boulton
|May||Smith||son||9||Living on own means||Alvaston|
RG13 piece 3207 folio page
1911: Bull's Head, Crich
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN185