Biography of Private Ernest Smith (25187)
10th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Died 20th September 1917


  • Name: Ernest Smith
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Gosberton Clough, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1886
  • Place of Birth Registration: Spalding, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: John Thomas Smith
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer


  • Name: Ellen Barsley Baxter
  • DOB: 1857
  • Place Of Birth: Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1877 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Joseph Henry Smith, 1878, Pinchbeck
  • Thomas Smith, 1879, Pinchbeck (Died 1879)
  • John Robert Smith, 1881, Pinchbeck
  • Edward Smith, 1882, Pinchbeck
  • Mary Ann Smith, 1883, Pinchbeck
  • William Smith, 1884, Pinchbeck (Died 1886)
  • Charles Smith, 1885, Pinchbeck
  • Ernest Smith, 1886, Gosberton Clough
  • Henry Smith, 1888, Pinchbeck
  • Plus 1 more whose names are unknown taken from the 1911 census



  • 1891: Ernest is living with his parents at Beck Bank, Gosberton, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Ernest is living with his parents at Northgate, Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Ernest is living with his wife in her parents house at Mill Green Farm, West Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 24 and he is listed as a Farmer’s son, working on farm.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • Name: Marian Ada Smith
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Pinchbeck


  • Date of Marriage: 12th November 1910
  • Place of Marriage: Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England


  • Trevor John Smith, 1911, Pinchbeck

Wife’s parents

  • Father: Joshua Smith
  • Mother: Martha Paniston

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 10th November 1917
    Wounded and Missing
    Duke of Wellington’s
    Smith 25187 E. (Bourne)


  • Lincolnshire Echo Wednesday November 28th 1917
    Smith, 25187 Pre. E. (Bourne)


  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Wednesday 28th November 1917
    N.C.O.’S AND MEN.
    Smith (25187). E. (Bourne)


    • Grantham Journal Saturday 1st December 1917
      N.C.O.’s and Men.
      Duke of Wellington’s
      Smith, 25187 E, (Bourne)

    Military Records

    Attestation Papers

    • Available

    Soldier’s Died In The Great War

    • These records show that Private Ernest Smith, 25187, 10th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment was killed in action on 20th September 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

    Pension Records

    • Available

    Effects Left To

    • Wife Marian A


    • The British Medal
    • The Victory Medal


    • UK:
    • Bourne, Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens
    • Pinchbeck War Memorial


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    © Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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    Military Service Timeline

    • Enlisted in Bourne 10th December 1915


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