Project Description

MARKHAM SMITHSON 1894–1938

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Born 19th August 1894 in Barnstone, Nottinghamshire

Baptised 16th September 1894 at St Andrew’s Church, Langar, Notts. Home address, Railway Cottages.

Married Daisy Millington 1919 and had six children

Died 1938 in Mansfield, Notts.

1901 Census

Age seven living at Barnstone Station with father Henry a widower working as a platelayer, brothers Ernest 11 and Harry 5, sisters Mabel 15 and Louise age 9. Mother Elizabeth Buxton died in 1898.

1911 Census

Age sixteen living with father Henry, brother Harry a railway porter and sister Mabel 25, in Station Cottages, Barnstone. Markham is employed as a general labourer.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 27746

Military Unit: 17th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 117th Brigade, 39th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at Notts. County Asylum. He is noted on the hospital records as a temporary attendant who was serving with the Sherwood Foresters in 1916.

Other Information

Commemorated on the roll of honour in Langar church. His brother Harry was a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 77480.