Arthur Herbert Smith

Arthur Herbert Smith ©

Arthur Herbert Smith ©

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Devon
Battalion: Life Guards
Died: 6th October 1916 aged 23 years
Death location: France





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Life before the War
Arthur was the son and 7th of 8 children born to Thomas Jackson and Ellen Hannah.  Thomas came from Jersey where he was born in 1852, dying in 1929.  Ellen was born in 1859, Southampton.  Thomas and Hannah married in Southampton in 1882.

Thomas left a Probate which named his son and daughter:

“Smith Thomas Jackson of Laurestina 312 Priory Road Southampton died 4 December 1929. Probate London 9 January 1930 to William Henry Smith marine engineer and Margaret Eliza Bath (wife of Cecil Frederick James Bath). Effects £3692 5s”

Arthur’s siblings – 3 sisters and 4 brothers – were:

William Henry b.1884

Margaret Eliza b.1885

Christina b.1887

Ellen Elizabeth b.1889

Thomas Napier b.19th July 1890. d.1971

Colin Neville b.22nd June 1892.  Colin served in WW1.  He gave his occupation as an Apprentice Ship’s Writer, trained by Joy and Collis.  He enlisted on 11th March 1913 joining the Territorial Army, Hants., as a driver.  He was discharged on 28th April 1917 after serving 4 years and 43 days; he had been posted in the UK.  He gave his father as next of kin.  Died1982

George Robert b.17th January 1899 d.1995

In the 1891 and 1901 censuses the family lived at 99 Northam Road, Southampton. William senior was working as a Marine Engineer. In 1901, William junior was training as an Engine Fitter and Margaret was a Dressmaker.

By 1911 the family had moved to 312 Priory Road, Portswood.  William senior had now retired. Margaret was working as a Shop’s Assistant in a Draper’s Business, Christine was employed by the Council as a School Teacher, Thomas was a Painter and Decorator and Colin an Apprentice Boat Builder.


War Service


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1908 – 1909

Education and Employment: Arthur was born in 1893 in Southampton. He lived in the St. Mary’s area of the town, before moving to St. Denys by 1911.

Life during the war: Arthur enlisted in the Life Guards in October 1914 and gained a commission on the battlefield in March 1915. He was gazetted to the Devon Regiment, and he earned his captaincy during the July offensive. He was leading his company on a night raid on the enemy’s trenches, and reached the parapet of their trenches when he was killed by machine gun fire. He is remembered at Loos.

 Arthur died on 6th October 1916 aged 23 years.


Loos Memorial

Loos Memorial

Arthur is Remembered with Honour on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. The Memorial Register reads:

“Smith, Capt. Arthur Herbert. “C” Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regt. 6th Oct., 1916. Age 23. Son of Thomas J. and Hannah Ellen Smith, of 312, Priory Rd., St. Deny’s, Southampton.”






Arthur left a Probate naming his father:

“Smith Arthur Herbert of 312 Priory Road St Deny’s Southampton second-lieutenant Devonshire regiment died 6 October 1916 in France. Administration (with Will) Winchester 29 November 1916 to Thomas Jackson Smith retired ship’s engineer. Effects £70 14s”


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 27th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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