GUNNER 61703.ROYAL ARTILLERY.
DIED 3RD FEBRUARY 1919 AT HOME AGED 32YRS
REMEMBERED IN LITTLE MARLOW CEMETERY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
(GRAVE REFERENCE 233)
Joseph Jeremiah Smith was born in Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire on 6th January 1887. His parents were George & Esther nee Weedon. He was one of twelve children, ten survived by 1911.
Joseph’s father was listed as a coal dealer on the 1881 Census but was a fruiterer by 1911.
The children still living at home at the time of this Census were, George, Alfred, Charles, John, Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. Three of the brothers were listed as cripples, George, Charles and Abraham. They are living at Flackwell Heath.
It is likely that Joseph fought for his country throughout the entire War. At some time he was severely wounded on active service and was later discharged from the Royal garrison Artillery.
Joseph died at home, Pigeon House Park on 3rd February 1919. According to the coroner’s report after the inquest on 7th February 1919, Joseph had taken his own life by “cutting his throat while temporarily insane”. He was buried in Little Marlow Cemetery on 8th February 1919.
Joseph Jeremiah Smith is remembered on both the War Memorials at Flackwell Heath and Little Marlow. He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist church in Little Marlow. He is not however remembered on the memorial inside the church.
He is not remembered on the CWGC website.