Other names: James William Arthur Sydney Joseph
Locations in this story: Nocton, LincolnshireOver, CheshireIwerne Minster, DorsetBalkansDunstable, BedfordshireWhitchurch, Shropshire
Story: James William Arthur Sydney Joseph Smith was born in Nocton, Lincolnshire, in 1897 the son of Sidney Joseph Smith and Hannah Smith (nee Davenport). He lived his early life in Nocton and later in Over, Cheshire. By 1911 the family had moved to Bowers Barn, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. James has enlisted and joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 11083). He served in the Balkans and later became a Lance Corporal based at 48 CHSS in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. He was discharged on 26 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He died in Whitchurch, Shropshire, on 7 Jan 1978.