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Arthur Smith, December 1914

Arthur Smith, December 1914

In some cases, we have very little information about the people we are researching, and where they have a more common name, this makes things quite difficult.

A brief article appeared in the Express & Star, complete with a photo, about the death of a soldier from Priestfield, Arthur Smith. The article stated in full:

The photograph is that of Private Arthur Smith, of the 2nd. Worcesters, who has died from wounds. His widow resides at Priestfield.

A brief search on the Commonweath War Graves Commission revealed that there were no fewer than six Arthur Smiths of the Worcestershire Regiment who were killed during the First World War, along with five further “A. Smiths”. There were even two Arthur Smiths of this Regiment killed on the same day, 20 September 1914. Fortunately, the Priestfield soldier was one of these two. This gave the additional information that he was 29 years old when he died, and was the husband of Mary Ann Smith, of 28, Ward Street in Priestfield. This site also stated that he is commemorated at the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre memorial in France. He was part of the 2nd battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, service number 8393.

Assuming he was local, there is a likely birth for an Arthur Anslow Smith registered in Wolverhampton in September 1884, and a possible marriage between an Arthur Smith and a Mary Ann Bagley in Wolverhampton in September 1909. Without more background information, however, there is very little else we can find out about him unfortunately.