Lawrence Henry Smith

Lance Bombardier

Royal Garrison Artillery 74379

152 Siege Battery

Lawrence, born in about 1888, was the son of Samuel Smith and Annie. Samuel was publican at the Bull’s Head on Cromford Road, Crich. Lawrence attested in February 1916 at Ripley, aged twenty-eight, an unmarried grocer’s warehouseman. In April 1916 he was admitted into the Military Hospital, Great Yarmouth, suffering from influenza. He entered France in August 1916, was appointed Lance Bombardier in January 1919 and demobbed the following March.

Postcard showing Bulls Head Inn in Crich

You can see the Bulls Head pub sign on the left. Lawrence's father was publican here.

1918 Crich voters
Lawrence Henry Smith, Bulls Head Inn; absent on military service.

Army Service Record
He attested on 22/02/16 at Ripley aged 28 years 4 months, an unmarried grocer's warehouseman. His address was near church Crich. He was 5ft 10½in tall, weighed 154lb and the next of kin was his father, Samuel Smith of Crich.
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
22/02/16 Attested
08/04/16 to 30/08/16 Home
22/04/16 to 28/04/16 Hospital with influenza (Military Hospital Great Yarmouth)
31/08/16 Folkestone to Boulogne
11/12/17 Leave to UK with RA
21/11/18 Attached RGA Canteen
29/11/18 to 13/12/18 Leave to UK
12/01/19 Appointed acting paid Lance Bombadier
08/02/19 Admitted hospital
17/02/19 Discharged to duty
29/03/19 Discharged


1901: Wheatcroft

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Benjamin Gretton Head 34 Farmer Crich
Hannah Gretton wife 28   Pinxton
Benjamin Gretton son 3   Crich
Ethel Minnie Gretton daughter 7 mo   Crich
Elizabeth Gretton mother (wdw) 73 Living on own means Sapperton
Lawrence Smith nephew 12   Crich

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1911: Bull's Head, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Smith Head 48 Publican Derby
Annie Smith wife 46   Derby
Lawrence Smith son 23 Grocer's assistant Derby
Lilian Smith daughter 10 School Derby

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