CFHS code : AG37
Parish : St Andrew the Great
Inscription : War Grave 1793 Loyal Suffolk Hussars 3192 Shoeing Smith T SMITH Suffolk Yeomanry 30 Nov 1914 age 37
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202685, 0.13719689 – click here for location
Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located on the southwest outer rim of the centre circle.
‘3192 Shoeing Smith T. Smith Suffolk Yoemanry
30th November 1914 age 37’
Thomas Siddons Smith (c1877-1914)
Thomas held the rank of Shoeing-Smith (3192) in The Duke of York’s Own Loyal Suffolk Hussars and died on 30 November 1914 in Woodbridge (Suffolk) while awaiting orders to go to war. He had previously fought in the Boer War (1899-1902) in the Imperial Yeomanry. His body was buried in Mill Road Cemetery, men of the Suffolk Hussars serving as coffin-bearers and his name appears on the Suffolk Yeomanry Memorial Cenotaph at St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds.
Thomas was born in about 1877 in Ipswich, Suffolk. He was the eldest of the children of James Smith and Harriett Smith. Thomas married Julia Shorrocks in 1896 in Cambridge. They had two daughters: Florence and Julia. The family lived at 11 South Street, Cambridge (a street that no longer exists: a side street off East Road, between Bradmore Street and Broad Street, now part of the Anglia Ruskin University campus). His widow continued to live at that address until at least 1919.
Thomas Smith was by trade a farrier — i.e. he was responsible for the care of horses’ hooves, including fitting and replacing horseshoes (all-important work in a cavalry regiment such as the Suffolk Hussars). His work would have combined some of the skills of a blacksmith and a vet. He died in his sleep “probably heart failure” on 30 November 1914 at Foley Villan, Victoria Road, Woodbridge, where the brigade had assembled and was awaiting order to embark for the war. (See download: Death Announcement.)
Thomas Siddons Smith death announcement
His funeral took place at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 December 1914. (See download: Funeral Description).
Thomas Smith funeral description
The mourners included: his widow, Mrs Julia Smith (née Shorrocks); Mr Frederick Smith (brother), Misses Florrie and Julia Smith (daughters), Mesdames Frederick Smith and Charles Smith (Charlotte Smith and Clara Smith née Taylor: sisters-in-law), Mr Robert Shorrocks (brother-in-law), Mrs James Cornwell (Mary Eliza Cornwell née Shorrocks: sister-in-law), Mr George Cornell (brother-in-law), Mrs George Cornell (Sarah Elizabeth Cornell née Shorrocks: sister-in-law), Mrs Laura Alice Hodson (née Callow) and Miss Edna Florence Hodson (Mrs Hodson’s daughter), and friends from Knapwell. The diagnosis on the death certificate was ‘probably heart failure’.
Julia Smith (née Shorrocks) (1879 – 1946)
Julia was the daughter of Samuel Henry (a printer) and Mary Ann (née Munns). She was brought up in Albion Row and Staffordshire Gardens where her father died when she was only 4. She married Thomas at St Matthews Church, Cambridge, on December 13th 1896. Their daughter Florence was born in 1898 and their second daughter, Julia, was baptised in 1902 when they were living at 37 Adam and Eve Row.
After Thomas died she supported herself and the children by becoming a college servant. Julia died at 29 Union Lane in 1946 aged 67.
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
CFHS parish & census transcripts
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