SMITH, James

No.48686, Private James SMITH
Aged 22
medal index card not found
1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Missing 6 June 1917, presumed dead on 24 June 1917

James Smith was born in Woodditton (Newmarket Q4-1895 3B:494) son of James and Eliza SMITH (née MILLS). His mother died in 1899

1901 census...Aged 5, he was in Saxon Street at his grandfather's house. Grandfather George SMITH [67] a butcher, born Woodditton; grandmother Emilie [70] born Exning; his father James ( a widower) [29] a mason born Woodditton, aunt Ada E SMITH [26] and a grand-daughter (his sister ?) of George, Margaret [14],both Woodditton born.

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was Saxon Street with his widower Grandfather, widower father and aunt Ada Eleanor SMITH. They are all now recorded as born in Saxon Street.

James Smith aged 22 is named on the family headstone
On the headstone it records "Who fell in the Great War on 24th June 1917 Aged 22"
He cannot be found in the CWGC records, "Soldiers Died" or any of the usual records.

His service records are not known and his death registration has not yet been found..He died in France. All that has been found is his Soldier's Personal Effects" entry, an enquiry to International Red Cross about being possibly a Prisoner of War, and a pension card which records his father as James SMITH of Saxon Street, Newmarket.
it remains to be seen if the pension card annotated "Dead" will be sufficient evidence for CWGC.


James Smith is named in Woodditton (St Mary's) Churchyard, with his parents.
He is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or Soldiers Died