|South Staffordshire Regiment||39193||4th Special Reserve Battalion|
Thomas was born in about 1886. His father was George Smith, who in 1891, aged thirty-four, was a widower. Before he enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment Thomas worked as a limestone quarryman. He died of his wounds on 27th April 1918 and was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, near Ypres.
The original Crich Roll of Honour records him as having been awarded the Military Medal. No documentary evidence has been found of this award. Researchers at the South Staffordshire Regimental Archives have also failed to find any mention of the award.
Derbyshire Courier, 18 May 1918
DIED OF WOUNDS
Pte. Thomas Smith, Crich
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
|Regiment/Service||South Staffordshire Regiment|
|Date of Death||27/04/1918|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Cemetery||HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY CEMETERY|
1891: Crich Carr
|George||Smith||Head (wdwr)||34||Limestone quarryman||Crich|
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|George||Smith||Head (wdwr)||46||Limestone quarryman||Crich|
1911: Town End, Crich
|John William||Davis||Head||32||General labourer||Halifax|
|John Thomas||Green||son||15||General labourer||Crich|
|Mary Elizabeth||Green||daughter||18||Factory Hosiery hand||Crich|
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