Samuel Smith


Manchester Regiment 15515 2nd& 9th Battalions
Labour Corps 699968 18th Coy


Born in about 1886 at Crich Samuel moved to Seaton Carew. When he attested at West Hartlepool in November 1914 he was aged twenty-eight. It was recorded that he was married and that he had previously served with the Manchester Regiment for four years, being discharged in January 1907. He had married Florence Martha Mellors, of Sun Lane, Crich, in July 1911 at Belper. Florence was the sister of John and Walter Mellors who are also on the Crich Roll of Honour.

On enlistment in November 1914 he was posted to the Manchester Regiment and in September 1915 was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal. In January 1916 he arrived in Rouen, only to be returned to England twelve days later to work in munitions at the Central Zinc Company at Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool.

May 1918 saw him posted back to France at Etaples with the Manchester Regiment. In October 1918 he was sick and hospitalised for about a month. He was demobbed in March 1919.

After being demobbed he re-enrolled in May 1919 into the Labour Corps, aged thirty-six, and re-entered France in June of that year. During July 1919 he was admitted into hospital where, on 10 July 1919, he died of acute septic endocarditis at the Casualty Clearing Station, Ruitz, Germany. He was buried at Houchin British Cemetery. His wife, Florence, was living at Oak Cottage, Crich.

In the Crich Parish Records there was Samuel Smith baptised 18 June 1888 to George Smith and Ann Oliver.

Medal Roll Index card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals

Army Service Record
Attested 18/11/14 at West Hartlepool, (having enlisted 29/05/14) aged 28 years 7 month; married, address 31 Zinc Cottages, Seaton Carew. Birth address Crich. Previously served with 3rd & 4th Manchester Regiment for 4 years, discharged on 14 January 1907 . Next of kin was his wife Florence Martha Smith c/o James Mellors, Near Sun Lane, Crich. His height was 5ft 7¼in, weight 147lb; he had blue eyes, brown hair and was C of E. There was a cross and square tattoo on his forearm. He married Florence Martha Mellors on 04/07/11 at Belper Register Office (witnesses John Oliver & Mary Green). They had a son Walter Harris (born 17/09/18), and daughters Florence Elizabeth (born 25/05/17) and Evelyn born (16/10/16) all at Seaton Carew.
19/11/14 Enlisted 3rd Manchester Regiment
16/03/15 Posted 2nd Manchester Regiment
28/09/15 Appointed unpaid Lance Corporal
17/01/16 Arrived Rouen
29/01/16 To England Munitions Work from Havre
30/01/16 Posted supernumary
02/02/16 Attached for duty with Central Zinc Co. at Seaton Carew, W. Harlepool for munitions work
13/01/18 Posted unpaid Lance Corporal
09/04/18 Posted 3rd Manchester Reg
06/05/18 Folkestone to Boulogne & Etaples
10/05/18 Joined Unit 2/6 Manchester Regt
07/10/18 Sick
16/11/18 Rejoined Regt
11/02/19 To UK via Dunkirk
12/03/19 Demobbed

After being demobbed Samuel seems to have re-enlisted, aged 36 years 52 days. He was a married furnace man, current address Seaton Carew, West Harlepool and it stated he was in the Manchester Reg 18/11/14 to 12/03/19. His wife's address was Corners Court, Seaton Carew, W. Harlepool
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals. His Father was George Smith living at West Hartlepool (mother dead) and he had a brother, J O Smith, aged 37 of 19 Snook Cottages, Seaton Carew.
29/05/19 Joined the Labour Corp 699968 aged 36
20/06/19 Posted BEF France
01/07/19 Posted to 18 Labour Corp
03/07/19 Admitted to Hospital
10/07/19 Died from acute septic endocarditis at Casualty Clearing Station Ruitz, Germany
27/11/19 Wife living at Oak Cottages, Crich
08/01/20 Wife was born 1885 pension of 50s 2d. Husband born 1883
17/01/20 Letter requesting return of all property to wife


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials S
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Manchester Regiment transferred to 2nd Bn.(699968) 18th Coy. Labour Corps
Service Number 15515
Unit 9th Bn
Age 35
Date of Death
Additional Information Husband of Florence Martha Smith, of Oak Cottage, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire.
Casualty type Died in hospital
Grave/Memorial Reference
IV. A. 22.


War Graves Certificate for Samuel Smith in WW1