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Joseph was born in 1898 in Newark and was the son of George Henry a bricklayer and Sarah Ann Smith, née Alcock of 82, Beacon Hill, Newark. George was born in 1864 in Newark and Sarah Ann was born in Beckingham in 1863, they married in Newark in June 1888, they had 5 children , sadly one died in infancy, their children were :- George William b1889 Newark, Leonard b1896 Newark, Joseph b1898 Newark and Harold b1901 Newark. In the 1901 census the family are living at 61 Grove Street, Balderton , George is 36 yrs a bricklayer , he is living at the address with his wife Sarah 38 yrs and sons George William 12 yrs , Leonard 5 yrs Joseph 3 yrs and Harold 6 months. By the following census in 1911 the family are living at 7 Top Row, Beacon Hill, Newark, George is 47 yrs and a bricklayer , he is living at the address with his wife Sarah 48 yrs and sons Leonard 15 yrs , Joseph 13 years and Harold 10 yrs.
04 Aug 1917
917549 - CWGC Website
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Joseph Smith served with the 17th battalion, Sherwood Foresters Regiment, he was killed in action on 4th August 1917, he has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Article published in the Newark Advertiser published 29th August 1917 :- Fourth son of George Henry & Sarah Ann Smith, 82 Beacon Hill, Newark. As a boy attended the Mount School and subsequently was an apprentice with Messrs. G. Brown and Son, builders, London Road and remained there until enlistment in the Sherwood Foresters.He was home for his final leave in January and went to France the same month. A communicant at the parish church and played football with St. Mary’s team. The first news of his being killed was received in a letter from his chum, Pte. Stoakes, whose parents reside in Cross Street. Has two brothers serving: L/Cpl George William Smith, K.O.Y.L.I. who is in Salonica and Pte. Leon Smith, Sherwood Foresters, at present in France, both of whom took part in the Irish Rebellion.
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