Killed in Action on Monday, 25th September 1916, age unknown.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 7 D of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
2nd Bn., Scots Guards. 3 (Gds) Brigade of Guards Division.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Leeds, Resident: Unknown.
First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/805068/
17 Harry Crescent, Leeds, Yorks.
Thomas Smith (56, Boiler Maker, born West Bromwich), his wife Maria (53, born Darlaston), and:
- Thomas's 3 children by his first marriage: Richard Smith (21, Brickworks Labourer, born Tipton), William Smith (19, Brickworks Labourer, born Tipton), and John Smith (17, Brickworks Labourer, born Tipton),
- Maria's 3 children by her first marriage: Joseph Martin (19, Iron Founder, born Tipton), Jeremiah Martin (17, Coal Miner, born Tipton), and Mary Martin (15, Piecer at Cloth Mill, born Tipton),
- Thomas and Maria's 2 children by their marriage: Samuel Smith (13, Boiler Maker's Apprentice, born Tipton), and Albert Smith (10, School, born Leeds).
Joseph Martin married 21 year old Margaret Rosina Standen on 4th December 1915 at Caterham Barracks. He was obviously at home during February 1916 as daughter Margaret Elizabeth born on 10th November 1916 in Purley, Surrey. Unfortunately James was killed almost 2 months before this date on 25th September.
His widow Margaret went on to have 5 more children (surname Martin) with a man named John William Colligan (Asylum Attendant - Male Nurse - Liverpool), before marrying Walter James Beckley on 14th September 1929 in Liverpool. She emigrated to the USA in 1947 to join her youngest daughter Patricia Mock and died, aged 88, in 1982 in Pennsylvania where her youngest daughter Patricia lived.
Information courtesy: www.tase.co.uk/index.php?function=individual&record=83
Still to be researched. Contact me if required.