Biography of Private Ernest Smith (25187)
10th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Died 20th September 1917


  • Name: Ernest Smith
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Gosberton Clough, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1886
  • Place of Birth Registration: Spalding, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: John Thomas Smith
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer


  • Name: Ellen Barsley Baxter
  • DOB: 1857
  • Place Of Birth: Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1877 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Joseph H Smith, 1879, Pinchbeck
  • John R Smith, 1881, Pinchbeck
  • Edward Smith, 1882, Pinchbeck
  • Mary A Smith, 1884, Pinchbeck
  • Charles Smith, 1885, Pinchbeck
  • Ernest Smith, 1886, Gosberton Clough
  • Henry Smith, 1888, Pinchbeck
  • Plus 3 more whose names are unknown taken from the 1911 census



  • 1891: Ernest is living with his parents at Beck Bank, Gosberton, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Ernest is living with his parents at Northgate, Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Ernest is living with his wife in her parents house at Mill Green Farm, West Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 24 and he is listed as a Farmer’s son, working on farm.
Relatives in services
  • None found


  • Name: marian Ada Smith
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Pinchbeck


  • Date of Marriage: 12th November 1910
  • Place of Marriage: Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England


  • Trevor John Smith, 1911, Pinchbeck

Wife’s parents

  • Father: Joshua Smith
  • Mother: Martha Paniston
Newspaper Mentions
  • None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Ernest Smith, 25187, 10th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment was killed in action on 20th September 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Wife Marian A


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Ernest Smith, 25187, 10th Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) who died on 20 September 1917
  • Husband of Mrs. E. Plowright (formerly Smith), of Walkerton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne 10th December 1915


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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