|East Yorkshire Regiment||
Derbyshire Times: 2 June 1917
John was born in about 1884, the son of Crich butcher Arthur and Ann Smith. Before joining the army John Thomas worked as a joiner. In May 1917 he was seriously wounded during action on the Western Front. He was in the Kitchener Australian Hospital, Brighton and was awarded the Silver War Badge.
1918 Crich voters
John Thomas Smith, Archway; absent on military service.
2 June 1917
Private J. T. Smith, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, was seriously wounded in the thigh whilst in action on the Western Front on the 13th May. He is now lying at the Kitchener Australian Red Cross Hospital, Brighton, from which place he has written to his mother, Mrs Arthur Smith, of The Archway, Crich, as follows: – I should not have sent you the field card, but that I thought you would be wondering what had become of me. I had begun to think that I would not get out of here. You have no need to worry, as my leg is going on as well as it can. I was under the X-Rays, but nothing was found in. I thought I had a bad wound until I got to hospital, but then I saw many much worse. The week before I was hit we had bad luck: the place where I was billeted – a large warehouse with shells stacked outside – took fire. There were between two hundred and three hundred men in the place, and it was a rush to get out, many having neither coats nor boots on. Everything was burned. I received my wound when going to the front line whilst I was in the communication trench. ‘Fritz’ had started sending shells over and one burst just at the back of me, and a piece of the case must have hit me”.
15 September 1917
Private John T Smith of Archway House, who was wounded in the leg by shrapnel several months ago, is seriously ill in Brighton Hospital. A telegram was forwarded by the matron of the institution on Wednesday to Mrs Smith to inform her that private Smith was in a serious condition, and requesting her to go immediately if she desired to see him. It is understood that he is suffering from septic poisoning, the result of the wounds in his leg, whilst malaria has also set in. During the past few days he has undergone three operations.
Details of Gunner John H Smith's wounds have been received in letter he has sent to his uncle and aunt. Mr and Mrs J. Roe Smith of Ashbourne House, Crich. He says that he was wounded by a shell, which caused severe injury to his right side and arm. After being taken to a hospital in France, he underwent two operations, and was later drafted to England. He is now at Bellahouston Red Cross Hospital, Glasgow, where he is improving. His chum who was hit by the same shell, died in the next bed to his shortly afterwards. Gunner Smith went to France in May this year.Before joining up he was a butcher, and had a business in the Market Palce, Crich.
23 February 1918
Private John T Smith, of Archway House, arrived home at the beginning of the week, after being in Brighton Hospital for nine months. He was wounded in the left leg and was brough to Kitchener Hospital, Brighton, where he had the limb amputated, after an unsuccessful attempt to save it. He was wounded after being in France four months.
Silver War Badge
There are two John Thomas Smith's with war badges each with matching age and regiment
1891: Market Place, Crich
1901: Market Place, Crich
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1901: Market Place, Crich
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