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smithaArthur Smith was born in Wolverhampton in 1880 and educated at Great Brickkiln Street Council School. There are two possible entries for him on the 1901 census. These are

  • a grocers assistant living at 124 Alma Street together with his parents George H. and Mary Smith, his sister Alice M. and brothers Charles and Edward
  • a tinman living at 44 Oak Street together with his widowed father John Smith, his sister Emma and brother Ernest

Given the fact that he at one point worked for the Star Engineering Company, the most likely option is the second one. Either way, he later married a Mary E., and they had three children, although I have been unable to confirm further details of this marriage and the children’s births. They moved to 2 Garden Row, Zoar Street.

Arthur enlisted as a Rifleman in the 7th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1915, serving five months abroad before dying in hospital on 26 January 1916. He is buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery in France, and there is an article on him in the Midland Counties Express of 6 January 1917.

 

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