RIFLEMAN S/10836 2ND BATTALION RIFLE BRIGADE.
DIED OF WOUNDS ON TUESDAY 31ST JULY 1917 AGED 19YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR ON YPES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL BELGIUM. (PANEL 46 – 48 & 50)
Arthur Gilbert Smith was the son of George & Mary Ann nee Summerfield of Sedgemoor Road, Flackwell Heath. He was one of twelve children. His siblings were Mary Ann, Robert,
Reuben, May, Rose, Eva, Hilda? Florence, Timothy, Constance and Evlyn (boy). On the 1901 Census the family are living at Flackwell Heath and the youngest child is only four days old.
The 1911 Census shows Arthur now aged 13yrs and he is a scholar and part time Paper Mill hand. He went to school in Little Marlow.
Arthur enlisted when he was seventeen in May 1915. He was sent to France in September that year. In July 1916 he was wounded in the head and came back to a hospital in England to recover. He returned to France in March 1917.
On 19th July 1917 the Battalion was billeted in Candas (north west of Amiens) and they marched to the local station on the 20th March to travel to Merricourt l’Abbe (south west of Albert) where they stayed in Ville-Sous-Corbie. Two days later they again marched and took over dug -outs and trenches near Albert from the 2nd Leinster Regiment. These were old German Lines. Between 23rd and 28th July the men worked on communication and support trenches. They also carried material from dumps nearby to the front line trenches. It was during this work that Arthur was badly wounded.
Arthur is also remembered on the Little Marlow School Memorial and on the Little Marlow War Memorial. His brother Reuben also died in WW1.