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WILLIAM SALE

WILLIAM HENRY SARGOOD

JOSEPH SAUNDERS

CHARLES HENRY SAUNDERS

DAVID SCHOFIELD

WALTER SCOTT

ALFRED SCOTSON

THOMAS SCOTSON

JAMES SCRAGG

CECIL COLLINGRIDGE SEATON

HARRY SEDGLEY

HENRY SEIBOTH

JAMES SHAFFREY

PERCY GOODING SHARPE

FREDERICK SHAW

JOHN HENRY BURGESS SHAW

CORNELIUS SHEASBY

EDWARD SHELDRICK

HERBERT SHELTON

MAURICE SHEMMING

JOSEPH SHIPTON

HENRY WALKER SHAPLAND

ARTHUR SIMONS

REGINALD JOHN SIMMONDS

WILLIAM EDWARD SILVESTER

LEONARD THOMAS SILVESTER

FREDERICK SIMPSON

FREDERICK SMALLMAN

CHARLES SMITH

ERNEST A SMITH

JAMES SMITH

FREDERICK SMITH

GEORGE SMITH

THOMAS VICTOR SMITH                                                                                                                                                                FULL REPORT
RGA Badge
Thomas Smith was born circa 1890 in Woodstone, Peterborough.  His parents were John Thomas Smith and Maria Northfield, his father was a railway timekeeper and he had older sisters, Lydia (1882), Annie Maria (1885), Jessie Ellen (1888) and a younger brother, Ernest Albert (1894).  In 1901 the family was living at 62 Percival Street, Peterborough but by 1911 he was lodging at 13 Torkington Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire (one stop along the line from Peterborough), working as a railway porter.  Thomas joined Birmingham City Police on 2nd January 1912, at the age of 21. He served on the ‘A’ Division with warrant number 8171 but resigned on 13th May 1917 to enlist in the Army.  He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery.  Presumably, after training but before he went to France, Thomas married Mary Ann Smith nee McGinley, on 6th August 1917, in Birmingham.
Thomas went to France with 528th Seige Battery, RGA and served through 1918 until he was taken ill with pneumonia and died at the General Hospital in Boulogne on the 3rd November 1918.  He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

WILLIAM HENRY GEORGE SMITH

FRANK SOUTHALL

WILLIAM SPIERS

JOHN ALFRED SPROSTON

GEORGE STAGG

CHARLES STANTON

WILLIAM STANTON

JOSEPH STAPLETON

EDWIN STATTER

WILLIAM STEELE

GEORGE STINTON

EDGAR STOKES                                                                                                                                                                            FULL REPORT    Edgar STOKES Northamptonshire Regiment Cap BadgeEdgar was born June 1888 in Drayton Leicestershire to George Thomas Stokes and Elizabeth, nee Wilson.  He had 4 sisters: Harriett Elizabeth (1878), Emma Louisa (1884), Annie (1886) and Merlee (1892), and 3 brothers: George, T (1880), William Wilson (1881), Arthur Edward (1889).  His father was a baker, and they lived at Main Road, Drayton.
Edgar enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment in July 1904 and also served with the Northamptonshire Regiment, serving in India in 1907.  In 1914 Edgar had left the army, joining Birmingham City Police in 1911, but was on Special Reserve and thus was recalled at the outbreak of war, travelling over the France in October with the 1st Northants.
He was in Ypres on 25th October, before moving to positions in Chateau Wood and Polygon Wood over the following few days.  On 30th October they dug defensive positions at Bodmin Copse, near Gheluvelt, and the following day the Germans bombarded the area and attacked, taking Gheluvelt to defend against a sustained German attack.  As they started to fall back towards Shrewsbury Forest they came under severe enfilade fire and Edgar was hit in the chest.  His body had to be left behind, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.

WILLIAM SUTTON