Biography of Driver Horace Arthur Smith (489879)
5th Field Troops, Royal Engineers
Formerly 2903 Lincolnshire Yeomanry and
56088 Lincolnshire Yeomanry
Died 28th October 1918


  • Name: Horace Arthur Smith
  • Date of birth: 1890
  • Place of Birth: Edenham, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1890
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: John Tom Smith
  • DOB: 1860
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Grocer and postmaster

  • Name: Annie Smith
  • DOB: 1865
  • Place Of Birth: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1889 Grantham District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Horace Arthur Smith, 1890, Edenham
  • George Worsley Smith, 1892, Edenham
  • Dorothy Mary Smith, 1897, Edenahm

  • 1891: Horace is living with his parents at Edenham, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Horace is living with his parents at Main Road, Edenham, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Horace is living with his parents at Edenham, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 20 and he is listed as a farmer.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Horace has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 9th November 1918
  • THE DEATH of Driver Horace Arthur Smith, of the Royal Engineers, is reported. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Jno. T. Smith, of the Postoffice, Edenham, and was originally in the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, with whom he went over two years ago, and was in most of the fighting down to the capture of Jerusalem. Last Christmas he was in hospital and then joined the Royal Engineers. Last August he was again in hospital and his parents heard nothing of him since his last postcard, about August 23rd, until the end of last week, when two telegrams arrived, the first saying he was seriously ill from malaria and the second that he died on October 28th in hospital at Alexandria. He was 28 years of age. Deep sympathy is expressed on all sides for his bereaved parents.


  • SMITH – In loving memory of Horace Arthur Smith (Royal Engineers), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John. T. Smith, of Edenham, who died of malaria at Alexandria, on October 28th 1918, aged 28 years.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 16th November 1918
  • DRIVER H. A. SMITH, Edenham
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Smith, Edenham, have lost their eldest son, Driver Horace Arthur Smith, R.E. who succumbed to malaria in hospital at Alexandria on October 28th. He was aged 28.


Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Driver Horace Arthur Smith, 489879, Royal Engineers was killed in action on 28th October 1918 in the Egyptian Theatre.
Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Mother Annie


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Edenham, Roll of Honour in St Michael and all Angels Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Driver Horace Arthur Smith, 489879, 5th Field Troops, Royal Engineers who died on 28 October 1918 Age 28
  • Son of John T. and Annie Smith, of Edenham, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Beirut War Cemetery.
  • Grave 41


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Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Died of Malaria in hospital at Alexandria.


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