Chatteris WW1 Soldier Arthur Smith G/13492. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name Arthur Smith Battalion, No. G/13492, 1st Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) Died 3rd September 1916 Arthur Smith was born in Chatteris in the year of 1887. He lived at 74, High Street. His parents were called Eliza and Stanley Smith. His brother was injured in an explosion in a munitions factory in 1916 and another brother refused entry to the army due. Arthur worked as a farm labourer (like most men in that time) before he registered for the army in Bury St.Edmunds. Arthur enlisted in April 1915, going out to the front in July 1916. One of the attacks that he was involved and died in was the battle of Guillemont. The British army managed to take two German lines and some of the French managed to capture an area of land called Wedge Wood. Arthur was one of 300 casualties from his battalion. We have no record of his medals but his name is on the Thiepval Memorial as his body was never found after he died. Project File contains • CWGC Roll of Honour • Census for 1911 • Photo of him • ”Soldiers Died’ • Excerpt from Wikipedia for 3rd Sept, 1916 • Cambs Times article
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