Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Mein Gate Memorial
Children: Stanley Parker, died 1911
Regiment: Royal West Surrey
Samuel Frederick Smith
Samuel Frederick Smith was born in 1872, the second ofeight children of John and Ellen, nee Burgess.By 1891 the family were living at 40 Leamington Street, Manningham. At 19 years of age Samuel like his father was working as a basket maker.Samuel married Emma Parker on the 26th of January 1895 at St Peter Parish Church. He was 23 years of age, a basket maker living at 36 Leamington Street, Manningham. Emma was 24 years of age, a dressmaker living at 33 Greenfield View, Bradford and the daughter of Arthur Parker, a gardener.
They came to live at 16 Dartmouth Terrace where their son Stanley Parker Smith was born on the 2th July 1895. Samuel was still working as a skip maker. They later moved to Eccleshill to live at 72 Charnwood Road. In 1911 Emma and Stanley were living at 4 Victoria Street. Samuel was not living at this address and given the date of his death very early in the war it is likely that he was already in the Regular Army. His son Stanley died in June 1911 aged 15 years and was buried on
the 10th of June at St Luke, Eccleshill.Samuel became Private L/6911 in the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).His Regiment was part of the British Expeditionary Force which landed in Le Havre on the 13th of August 1914 and was involved in the Battle of Mons on the 23rd of August, the battle of Marne 7th to 10th of September, the Battle of Aisne 12th to 15th of September and in the defence of Antwerp. The 1st Division was moved to Flanders in defence of the line and
Samuel was involved in the Battles of Ypres and on the 31st of October 1914, during the Battle of Gheluvelt, he was pronounce missing presumed dead. He was 42 years of age.He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.Samuel left his effects to his widow Emma who received £5.7.7d on the 25th May 1916 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 9th of December 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks