Born: 15 January 1892
Died: 23 November 1917
Service number: 43293
Regiment/Service: 146 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
Family information: Son of Arthur Edward and Emma Smith of Hepworth House, Wheldon Road, Castleford
Private AE Smith was a member of the 146th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps during World War 1, attached to the 233rd Brigade of the 75th Division. This army was headed by General Allenby and included Major T.E. Lawrence of Arabia. The army was fighting to capture Jerusalem from the Turk, allies of Germany.
PTE.A.E. Smith’s job was to administer medical aid on the front line and to carry the wounded back to a casualty clearing station behind his own lines. He would have to attend to serious battlefield injuries such as head and chest wounds and missing limbs, as well as gas, gangrene, trench foot, shellshock and head and body lice.
He was killed aged 26 at the Battle of Nabi Samweil on the 23rd November 1917. Jerusalem was captured on the 9th December 1917. He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel, cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision.
PTE. A.E. Smith was born in Stanley Ferry, Wakefield on the 15th January 1892, the son of Arthur Edward and Emma Smith (nee Evans). Arthur Edward Snr. was a coalminer, and the family was a typical late 19th Century working class household, with approx. 8 children. His younger sister Nellie married George Hutchinson, a coalminer in 1917, the year her brother died. Their son (my maternal grandfather), born in 1918, was named Arthur Edward in memory of her brother.
PTE. A.E. Smith was at the time of his death engaged to be married to a young lady named Violet.