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Alfred Smith was born in 1876 at Newark and was the son of Richard and Sarah Smith née Diggles of Newark. His father Richard was born in 1852 in Lincolnshire and his mother Sarah Diggles was born in 1850 at Babworth, they were married in 1874 in Nottinghamshire and went on to have a further son John Henry Smith b1882. Alfred married his wife Elizabeth Howard on 5th August 1901 at Bakewell, they went on to have the following children, Richard Howard b1902 Market Harborough, Mabel Winifred b1906 Market Harborough and Sarah Hilda b1909 at Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at, of The Forge House, Saracen's Head Yard, Newark and are shown as Alfred 35 yrs a blacksmith he is living with his wife Elizabeth 31 yrs and their children, Richard Howard 9 yrs a scholar, Mabel Winifred 5 yrs and Sarah Hilda 2 yrs of age.
He was a blacksmith
20 Sep 1916
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Sergeant Farrier
23rd Division Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery
Sergeant Alfred Smith enlisted at Woolwich, London on 14th May 1915 , he served with the 23rd Divisional Ammunition Column and was accidentally killed in an explosion on 20th September 1916, he is buried in Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Article published 27th September 1916 in the Newark Advertiser :- Husband of Elizabeth Smith. Enlisted as a farrier in the Royal Field Artillery on May 14th, 1915, previous to which he had for ten years carried on a farrier’s business in the Saracen’s Head Yard to which he suceeded on the death of his father, the late Richard Smith. In pre-war days he was in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry for five years and was a Farrier-Sergeant. After enlistment he was at Woolwich and Borden Camp, Hants. Went to France on August 24th, the tenth anniversary of his father’s death. With the exception of six days at home on leave in April last, he has spent the remainder of his time in France. Accidentally killed by an explosion. He attended the Mount School as a boy and for three years played the organ at St. Agnes’
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