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Private John W. Smith

200492 2nd/5th North Staffordshire Regiment killed in action March 6th 1918 Age 22

John W. Smith is remembered on the Biddulph memorials. He may be Private John William Smith, 200492 of the 2nd/5th North Staffordshire Regiment. John was killed in action on March 6th 1918.

John was born in 1896 to John and Elizabeth Smith. His parents had married in 1892 at St. Mary’s, Bucknall. The family were living at 19, South Street, Norton-in-the-Moors in 1891 where John Snr. was a coal miner. John William, his parents and two older sisters, all gave their place of birth as Stoke-on-Trent. His two younger sisters had been born at Norton.

Ten years later and the family still resided at the same address in Norton. In the 1911 census John, aged 15, was described as a colliery worker. The family still lived in Norton (15a, North Street) in 1920.

His service records and the census details do not suggest any links to Biddulph and unless further information comes to light it is difficult to say with any certainty that this is the John W. Smith remembered on the Biddulph memorials.

Elaine Heathcote.

A list of all the medals awarded to the men of the Biddulph area has been compiled and can be viewed here.


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