Private Ernest Arthur Smith

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

11 May 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat blocker


Stevens & Gee, King Street

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

6 St Paul's Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Duisans Military Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 24th May 1917
Pte Ernest Arthur Smith

Pte Ernest Arthur Smith, 6254, 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, died of wounds in Flanders on May 1th, 1917. He had been in the firing line for just a few days.

His widow, Fanny at 6 St Paul's Road, Luton, was informed in a letter from the matron of a casualty clearing station in France that her husband was admitted badly wounded. All that was possible was done for him, but he lived for only a few hours. He was hardly conscious any of the time and was unable to send a message himself. He was buried in the British Cemetery.

Arthur Smith, as he was known, enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment in July 1916 and went to France the following December. The action in which he died was his first battle.

A straw hat blocker, Arthur was previously employed by hat manufacturer Mr Hickson, of Princess Street, and later by Stevens and Gee, of King Street.

He married Fanny Baldwin at St Matthew's Church, Luton, on May 13th, 1905, and the couple had two daughters - Eva May, born in 1906, and Winifred, born 1908.

Individual Location

Pte Ernest Arthur Smith

Author: Deejaya

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