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Name Sydney William Smith
Date/Place of Birth 27 Sept 1894 / Llanover Road, Wembley, Middx
Parents' Names Alfred William Smith; Rosetta (nee Poole)
Father's Occupation/Location Commercial Salesman
Father's Death/Incapacity Accident
Admitted to AO 21 Nov 1902 (Aged 8)
Admission No 5588
Left OWS&AO 5 Dec 1908 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Drapery Clerk, 19&23 Young Street, Kensington
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Rifleman; 1873 or 1874
Battalion/Regiment 1st/9th Couty of London Battalion, London Regt
Killed/Death 24 Apr 1915 (Aged 21)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 54
Campaign Medals 1914/15 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal
Sydney William was born to Alfred and Rosetta Smith on 27 September 1894 at Wembley in Middlesex. Sydney’s father died in an accident in 1901 and Sydney was admitted to the Orphan Working School in November 1902, shortly after his eighth birthday. He left the School in December 1908 when he was fourteen. The 1911 Census shows Sydney living, and working as a Draper’s Clerk, with J Barker & Co, a Department Store in Kensington, London. Sydney must have volunteered for military service soon after the outbreak of War. He joined 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). The Battalion arrived in France on 5 November 1914. Rifleman Smith was killed in action on the Western Front on 24 April 1915, most probably during the second battle of Ypres. His sacrifice is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, along with the names of 54,000 Allied officers and men whose graves are not known.

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