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Thomas Alaby Smith (1882-1918)

Private in Northumberland Fusiliers who died from wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany

Thomas Smith was born in 1882 at Daddry Shields, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith and one of five children. He had two brothers and two sisters. His father Thomas, a native of Newcastle, was a foreman in an ironstone mine.

Thomas enlisted at Crook in the 22nd Battalion (3rd Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers (NF) during the war. Thomas was wounded and taken prisoner in April 1918 and died in hospital in Crossen, Germany on 4 November 1918, aged 36. He is buried in the South-Western Cemetery, Berlin, Grave No XIII.C.5. He was clearly still single at the time of his death because in 1919 his brother William and two sisters received the sum of £8 each, and several nephews each received £1.The following year William also received a war gratuity of £9.

Civil Parish: Stanhope

Birth date: 1882

Death date: 4-Nov-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Daddry Shields, Stanhope, Durham

Family: Father: Thomas Smith
Mother: Elizabeth Smith
Brother: Frederick,William
Sister: Margaret, Martha

Military service:

Private, number 48267 22nd Battalion (3rd Tyneside Scottish)

Memorial(s): South-Western Cemetery, Berlin, Grave No XIII.C.5.
War Memorial, Saint John’s Chapel, Stanhope

Gender: Male

Contributed by John B | Mel Brown

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