REGINALD SMITH 1892–1955
Photograph courtesy of the family
Born 16th March 1892 in Nottingham
Married in 1920 to Johnetta Nix Sharp in Nottingham
Children: Daphne Sarah born 1920, Audrey born 1921, Sybil Louise born 1922, Reginald Allenby born 1923, Lilian, John born 1932 and Graham
Died 12th December 1955 age 65.
Age 9 living with Frank (a wheelwright) and Louisa Foulds, their son Archibald 17, a lace merchant’s clerk and a boarder Alfred Buggs who was a blacksmith. They lived at Jasmine Villa, Hogg Lane, Radcliffe. The Foulds had adopted Reginald.
Age 19 living with Samuel Creasey a confectioner, his wife Annie Rebecca and a servant Edith Miles at 245 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. He was employed as a baker.
Rank: Private, formerly Driver
Service Number: 74079 (RWF), S4/042264 (R.A.S.C.)
Military Unit: Royal Welsh Fusiliers, formerly Royal Army Service Corps
Theatres of War: Balkans, Egypt, date of entry 24.4.15
Served at Gallipoli with Number 1 field bakery and also in Egypt under Lord Allenby.
Demobilised 31 August 1919
From the Royal Welch Fusiliers Website:
13.05.1915 Formation became 158th Brigade of the 53rd Division.
19.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport, Plymouth via Imbros.
09.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
Dec 1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather. (The Division was reduced to just 162 officers and 2428 men, about 15% of full strength).
03.08.1918 Amalgamated with the 1/6th Battalion to form the 5/6th Battalion and engaged in various actions of the Palestine Campaign including;
The Battle of Romani.
The First Battle of Gaza, The Second Battle of Gaza, The Third Battle of Gaza, The Capture of Beersheba, The Capture of Tell Khuweilfe, The Capture of Jerusalem, The Defence of Jerusalem.
The Battle of Tell’Asur, The Battle of Nablus.
31.10.1918 Ended the war moving back from Palestine to Egypt.
Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: Jessamine Villa, Main Road, Radcliffe
Employment: Baker and Confectioner, F Barratt, Baker Main Road, Radcliffe
Household: wife Johnetta, daughter Daphne.
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: 13 Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent
Occupation: baker, confectioner, journeyman
Household: living with wife Johnetta, daughter Daphne Sarah (telephonist) son Reginald (Allenby) (temporary porter)
Family took over Barratts Bakery/ Greengrocers in the village.
Will: died 12 December 1955 address given 13 Albert Street, Radcliffe on Trent. Administration to Johnetta Nix Smith his widow.
Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent.