Smith, William Ernest Owen

War Service:

Leading Seaman WILLIAM ERNEST OWEN SMITH drowned on 28 March 1916 while serving on the cruiser HMS Conquest. One of the ship’s boats bringing a party back from shore leave became lost in a snowstorm off Harwich and sank. He is buried in Shotley St Mary churchyard in Suffolk.

Location of Memorial:

He is remembered in the Book of Remembrance at the church of St Saviour, Forest Hill.


He was the son of Samuel Maddox Smith and Sarah Eliza Smith, of 27, Ewart Rd., Forest Hill.
He held the Messina Medal, a commemorative medal awarded by the Italian royal family to all those involved in rescue work after the earthquake in 1908.


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Andy Pepper

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