SMITH, Robert Alfred

No.23357, Driver, Robert Alfred SMITH
Aged 26

20th Div Ammo Col., Royal Field Artillery
Died of Illness on 25th December 1918

Edward Smith was born in Chedburgh in 1892 (4th qtr 1892 Thingoe 4a:688) son of Caroline SMITH.. There is confusion here as the eldest child in the 1891 census, Frederick [14] has registered a mother with maiden name of ARBON and the last one, Minnie [5 months], also has a mother with maiden name ARBON, but none of the other children are registered with a mother's maiden name. Caroline ARBON appears to have married Sydney SMITH in 1871 and Charles NEWMAN in 1904

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at the Rookery, Cheburgh with his mother Caroline SMITH [53]; twin brothers William and Charles (both farm labourers), Edward [12] and Walter [11]; sisters Annie [15] and Minnie [10]

Sydney SMITH seemingly died between 1901 and 1904, thereby enabling Caroline to re marry. This death registration however has not been found.

1911 census...Aged 23, he was a Private in the Suffolk Regiment at Mustapha Pasha Barracks, Alexandria, Egypt. His mother, now Mrs Newman, was with her new husband Charles NEWMAN at Rookery Yard, Chedburgh with twins William and Charles, Annie and John and a grandson Fred William SMITH [4 months}, parentage unknown] Rookery Yard, Chedsburgh

On the pension card his mother was still in Chedburgh

His brother Edward was killed in 1916 see here

Enlistment details and circumstances of death have not been discovered. Dying after the Armistice precludes entry on "Soldiers Died". Likelihood is influenza.

Robert Smith is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Ext 2 1:E:18

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