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Walter Smith was born in 1897 at Newark and was the son of Christopher a maltster and Emily Smith née Peet of New Street, Newark. His father Christopher was born in 1855 at Newark and his mother Emily Mary Peet was born in 1863 also in Newark, they were married in 1886 at Newark and had the following children, Harry b1886, Arthur b1892, Ernest b1894 and Walter b1897, all were born in Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 14 Elgin Place, Appleton Gate, Newark and are shown as Christopher 56 yrs a maltster, he is living with his wife Emily and their children, Harry 22 yrs a boiler maker, Arthur 19 yrs a woodyard assistant, Ernest 17 yrs a bag brander and Walter 14 yrs a scholar.
He attended the Lovers’ Lane Day School and North End Wesleyan Sunday School. Afterwards he entered the employ of Messrs. Mumby and Son Ltd., later went to work at Messrs. W.N. Nicholson and Son’s
07 Apr 1917
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Lance Sergeant
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Sergeant Walter Smith enlisted at Newark on 9th November 1914, he served with the 2/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters. He served during the Irish Rebellion and went to the Western Front where he was killed in action on 7th April 1917 during the attack at Le Verguier, north-west of Saint Quentin, France. He is buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Aisne, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 47.
Article published in the Newark Herald, 21st April 1917 :- Youngest son of Mr & Mrs C. Smith, New Street, Newark. A native of Newark and attended the Lovers’ Lane Day School and North End Wesleyan Sunday School. Afterwards he entered the employ of Messrs. Mumby and Son Ltd., later went to work at Messrs. W.N. Nicholson and Son’s from where he enlisted on Nov. 9th, 1914. He was in the Irish Rebellion and came through without injury. Home ten weeks ago and had been out in France six weeks. Killed in action during the early hours of Easter Eve. Has three brothers in the army, Pte H. Smith, in the Lincolns, who has been to the Dardanelles and Mesopotamia, now in France. Pte Arthur Smith, also in the Lincolns, has been seriously wounded and now at Brockton Camp. L/Cpl Ernest Smith, R.E., transferred from the Sherwood Foresters, at present in France. Also a brother-in-law, Pte S. Bailey, Sherwood Foresters, is stationed at Louth
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