Lance Corporal Cyril Alphonus (C A on Commonwealth War Grave Commission list and newspaper article) Service No:G/9804 of the 11th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). He was killed in action 15 September 1916 aged 26 (24 in Lewisham Borough News Article 17 Nov 1916). He enlisted in 1915.
Location of Memorial:
He is buried at BULLS ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS, Grave Reference: II. B. 17. He is also remembered locally on the Holy Cross Church Memorial, Catford also click here for a postcard of the original Holy Cross Church Memorial, Catford
He was born in 1891 in Deptford, the second son of William George Alphonus Smith (he died in 1931 aged 70 in Lewisham Registration District) and the late Annie Maria nee Brasher (She died in 1902 aged 31 in Peckham) , of 1, Merchiston Road, Catford, London. Before the war he worked at Catford Skating Rink and was a member of the National Reserve. His father served as one of 40 volunteers in the Egyptian Expedition 1882 in the Army Post Office Corps, as part of the Anglo-Egyptian War. He had an elder brother Raphael William (born in 1887 in Peckham, Surrey, he served in the Army Service Corps as a Corporal) and a sister Marion Evelyn (Born about 1898 in Peckham, Surrey) and Younger Brother Hugh Lyle (Born about 1901 also in Peckham). His father worked for the GPO as a letter sorter.
Lewisham Borough News Article 17 November 1916
GRO Birth Marriage and Death Record
1901 and 1911 Census
Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre staff and Elizabeth Knappett of Conisborough College, Lewisham as part of Heritage Lottery Funded Project March Back in Time
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