Born 1889 in Mickleover, Derbyshire.  George was baptised on 13th October 1889 at All Saints Church Mickleover; mother Lavinia Smith.

1891 Census

Age 2, living on Common End, Mickleover with his widowed grandmother Miriam Smith, 53, a charwoman.  George’s uncle William and aunt Emma Ayre were living next door to George and his grandmother Miriam.

1901 Census

Age 12 living on Asylum Lane, Mickleover with his uncle William and aunt Emma Ayre.  William’s brother Alfred and niece Gladys Baggley were also living there  His grandmother Miriam died in April 1897.

1911 Census

Age 22, working as an attendant at Notts County Asylum, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

George is recorded in the Notts County Asylum (Saxondale) records as an attendant who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the war. It has not been possible to find further service information about him to date as there are too many George Smiths in the Royal Garrison Artillery to reach a definite conclusion.

Other Information

George returned to his previous employment but resigned on 2nd January 1920. He went on to work in mental health nursing in Derbyshire for several years. He registered as a mental nurse on 21st March 1924 (UK & Ireland Nursing Registers 1898-1968), address The Cottages, Mental Hospital, Mickleover. The Nursing Registers show that he continued to renew his mental nurse registration up to 1931; the Register records that he had moved to 6 Edmunds Square, Mickleover by 1928.  He lists his nursing qualifications as ‘Experience gained from 1909-1912 at Derby County Mental Hospital, Mickleover’.

1921 Census

Address: Asylum Cottages, Mickleover

Employment: Attendant Mickleover Asylum

Household: uncle William Ayre, joiner, aunt Emma, cousins Edith Gadsby, Thomas and George Ayre

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in Radcliffe on Trent at the Asylum