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Just Joined. My relatives who died

Granton Chaz

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Hi all

Here is a list of my relatives who died in the First World War. Going by this list or extended family had been lucky.

Alexander McPake Able Seaman H.M.S Russell Died 27/04/1916

Steven Richard Smart Private,Machine Gun Corps Died 09/04/1917 Arras

Frederick Stanley Spurin 4th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps Died 13/11/1918

Ernest Smith 11th Bn Welsh Regiment Died 28/09/1918

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Some data to help. Firstly:

Alexander McPake . RNVR. Number CLYDE Z/3862. Service papers at Kew under ADM337/25/113. These papers are online and can be downloaded for 3.36 from the National Archives Discovery database:


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SMART, STEPHEN RICHARD Rank: Private Service No: 19727 Date of Death: 09/04/1917 Age: 19 Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 41st Coy. Grave Reference C. 17. Cemetery HIBERS TRENCH CEMETERY, WANCOURT Additional Information:

Son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Smart, of Langley, Bucks.

from cwgc

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Stephen Richard SMART. First landed in France on 23 Jun 1916 ,number 6027 Rifle Brigade (Soldiers Died in the Great War gives this number as 5874 but I have taken it from his Medal Index Card). No Battalion shown so hard to find which one he served as his Medal Roll was made by his last unit the MGC who didn't show the original unit with which he became entitled to his campaign medals. Looking at his unit he died with,the 41 MG Company,which was with 41 Infantry Brigade of 14 Division,there were also two Rifle Brigade units there too,the 7 and 8 Battalions,and sometimes it is seen that soldiers from infantry train up and join MG Company in their own Brigade,so this is possible here, 7and 8 landed in France in Mar 1915 and he might have been in a replacement draft for one of those two initially.

He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of 1st Scarpe.

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Service No:


Date of Death:





King's Royal Rifle Corps

4th Bn.



Grave Reference

S. III. Y. 15.



Additional Information:

Son of Mr. R. C. Spurin, of 22, Finsbury Park Rd., London. Assistant Scout Master, 110th North London Boy Scouts

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SMITH, ERNEST Rank: Private Service No: 44669 Date of Death: 28/09/1918 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Welsh Regiment 11th Bn. Grave Reference 365. Cemetery MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA Additional Information:

Son of the late James and Almenia Smith, of Milford Haven; husband of C. A. Haselgrove-Spurin (formerly Smith), of Old Post Office, Taffswell, Cardiff.

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