Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, 26th October 1892. Previously thought Woodstock
Parents William, a general labourer and Thirza Edwards (nee Shirley) a widower.
Siblings 2nd of 8 children
Half brother Thomas Edwards
Albert, Charles, Sarah, Rose, Jane, William, Charlotte.
Resident of Woodstock (1901 Census)
The Pitchen, Oxford Street (1901 census) Son of William and Thirza Smith, of The Pitchen, Oxford St., Woodstock, Oxon. CWGC 1915
Parents and 3 younger children living in the Pest Houses, Hensington Nr, Woodstock (1911 Census) Father listed as a labourer on a farm with no regular income aged 51
Family still live in Woodstock. Brother William named one of his sons Charles.
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Ist Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Enlisted Goole, went to France 15th January 1915.
Died of wounds 25th May 1915 aged 23 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres
Commonwealth War Grave/Memorial Klein Vierstraat British Cemetery Ref V.E.7 Exhumed and reburied 3rd October 1919
Total identified casualties 697
Inscription reads, LOVED BY ALL GOD LOVED HIM BEST AND CALLED HIM TO HIS HOME OF REST.
Ancestry, 'Photos credit of CWGC'. Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Local collection, CWGC War grave photo copyright Joanne Onions, Woodstock (Parish magazine) Oxfordshire County Museum, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock,
Local Historian Patricia Crutch.