Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
28 Aug 1916
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Driver Arthur Smith, 524236, 1/2nd East Anglian Division Royal Engineers, died suffering from pneumonia in the Government Hospital in Suez, Egypt, on August 28th, 1916.
It was just the day before that parents Joseph and Jane Smith, of 58 New Town Street, Luton, learned that Arthur was dangerously ill in hospital. He was the second of their sons to die during the war.
Born in 1895, Driver Smith had originally joined the 1/5th Bedfords (3544) in May 1914 but was discharged the following February as no longer fit for war service. Nevertheless he ended up in the East Anglian Royal Engineers and had been in Egypt for about nine months.
Joseph and Jane Smith had had 14 children, 12 still living in 1911, when Arthur was described in the Census as 14 years old and an iron moulder [at the Davis Gas Stove Co, Dallow Road].