Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Charles SMITH

Private 38677

3rd Battalion Essex Regiment

Died 7th November 1918 aged 33

Born in1885, in Stanstead Abbotts, son of Henry and Charlotte and in 1891 was living with them in the Rose & Crown P.H. along with his three brothers Edward (who also fought and fell, see his page), Harry and Fred, his father’s occupation was a waterman.  In 1901 they were all living in Riverside cottages, High Street, Stanstead Abbotts. He married Emma Cadmore on 17th February 1910 and in the 1911 census he is shown as living with her and his widowed father, along with his elder brother Edward, at 6 Riverside Cottages.  His father was now a Maltster’s labourer, while Charles worked as a butcher’s labourer.

Charles joined the Essex Regiment and was posted to the 3rd Battalion based in Harwich and then Felixstowe.  Their duty was as a home based unit providing training and draft replacements for the two battalions serving overseas.  It is most likely that he never served overseas as he is not shown as either killed in action or died of wounds.  

As his date of death is given as 7th November 1918, it is possible that he may have died from the Spanish Flu epidemic which swept the world at the end of the war and after.

He is buried in St James churchyard.

Medals Awarded: As he never served abroad he has none.