Thomas Smith (1884–1918)


South Staffordshire Regiment 39193 4th Special Reserve Battalion

Thomas was born in 1884. His father was George Smith, who in 1891, aged thirty-four, was a widower. Before he enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment Thomas worked as a limestone quarryman. He died of his wounds on 27th April 1918 and was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, near Ypres. Thomas was an older brother of Samuel Harris Smith, though they were raised apart

The original Crich Roll of Honour records him as having been awarded the Military Medal. No documentary evidence has been found of this award. Researchers at the South Staffordshire Regimental Archives have also failed to find any mention of the award.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 18 May 1918
Pte. Thomas Smith, Crich

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials T
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service South Staffordshire Regiment
Unit 4th Bn
Date of Death 27/04/1918
Service No 39193
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference V.A.4


War Graves `certificate for Thomas Smith in WW1

Soldiers' Effects Book
Thomas Smith; 4th Bn South Staffs; Private 39193; died of wounds France Belgium 27.4.18; War Gratuity £3; paid out to:
8.8.18 aunt Jane Oliver £12 15s 10d
27.11.19 aunt Jane Oliver £3 0s 0d


1891: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Smith Head (wdwr) 34 Limestone quarryman Crich
John Smith son 8   Crich
Thomas Smith son 7   Crich

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1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Smith Head (wdwr) 46 Limestone quarryman Crich
John Smith son 18   Crich
Thomas Smith son 15   Crich

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1911: Town End, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John William Davis Head 32 General labourer Halifax
Margaret Davis wife 35   Crich Carr
John Thomas Green son 15 General labourer Crich
Mary Elizabeth Green daughter 18 Factory Hosiery hand Crich
Annie Green daughter 8 At school Crich
Thomas Smith nephew 24 Limestone quarryman Crich

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