Smith, Joseph Henry

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Bettisfield Memorial

Name / Enw: Smith, Joseph Henry

Regiment/Catrawd: 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 12479

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Ypres (Menin Gate)

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 21

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 star medals

Date of Death: 11th June 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He was killed in action near Ypres on 11th June 1915

There is an index card for Joseph Henry Smith in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Record Office in Hawarden. The address given is Wood Cottage, Bettisfield. The regimental details are as at the top of this page. The card says he was killed in action in France on 11th June 1915. The card like all the Beettisfield cards had been completed by the Vicar F Barry Roberts. He signed it on 14th October 1919.

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk says Joseph Henry Smith was born in ‘Wemsmorwood’  Salop (Not sure if there is such a place. A mistake?). It says he resided in Whitchurch and enlisted in Llanelly Camarthenshire. This source says he was killed in action in France/Flanders on the 11th June 1915. The regiment and number are confirmed as above.

There is a medal index card, also on Ancestry which lists his three medals and tells us that his first Theatre of war was France and he entered it on the 17th February 1915. This also says he was killed in action on the 11th June 1915.

The Register of Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, says that £8..11s..8d was paid to his sole legatee -his father, Thomas.

Identifying this soldier in census returns has proved to be difficult. The name Smith is problematic. There are some possibilities but nothing certain. Any help would be appreciated.