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George Smith was born in 1897 at Newark and was the son of George a wine merchants cellar man and Emily Gray Smith née Lancaster of Newark. His father George Smith was born in 1866 at Newark, he died in 1904 at Newark aged 38 yrs, his mother Emily Gray Lancaster was born in 1870 in Nottingham, they married in 1888 at Newark and had the following children, Christopher b1892, Laurence b1894, Alice b1895, George b1897, John Robert b1898, Frank b1901 and Winnie b1905. His mother later remarried in 1907 at Newark to George Alfred Bennett a blacksmiths striker, they went on to have further children, Ethel Bennett b1908 and James William Bennet b1910 In the 1911 census the family are living at 30 Eldon Street, Newark and are shown as George Alfred Bennett 40 yrs a blacksmiths striker he is living with his wife Emily Gray Bennett 41 yrs and their children, Christopher Smith 19 yrs a foundry labourer, Laurence Smith 17 yrs a brewers labourer, Alice Smith 16 yrs a servant, George Smith 14 yrs a brewers labourer, John Robert Smith 13 yrs a scholar, Frank Smith 10 yrs a scholar, Winnie Smith 6 yrs Ethel Bennett 3 yrs and James William Bennett 1 year of age.
Brewers labourer.
16 Sep 1917
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8th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Private George Smith enlisted at Hucknall on 6th October 1916 whilst he was living at Lowdham, he served with the 8th battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. Landed in France in January 1917. On Sunday night, 16th September, he was struck by a shell fragment in the head, during a heavy bombardment and was killed. He is buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France.
Article published 24th October 1917 in the Newark Advertiser :- Son of Mrs E.G. Bennett, 30 Eldon Street, Newark. A native of Newark and attended Christ Church Day School and the Baptist Sunday School. While as a boy, a member of Mr. W.T. Pratt’s football team. Employed at the Messrs. Hole & Co. brewery, then at the Raleigh munitions works in Nottingham. Was there up to the time he enlisted on October 6th, 1916 and had his final leave in December. Left England for France, a week after Christmas. On Sunday night, 16th September, he was struck by a shell fragment in the head, during a heavy bombardment. Has two brothers: L/Cpl Lawrence Smith, Sherwood Foresters and Pte John Robert Smith, 40162, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Both have been wounded and since returned to duty.
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