Biography of Bandsman Archie Smith (6938)
3rd Battalion King’s Royal Rifles Corp Regiment
Died 2nd April 1916


  • Name: Archie Smith
    Date of birth: 1889
    Place of Birth: Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1889
    Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, LIncolnshire, England


  • Name: William Smith
  • DOB: 1849
  • Place of Birth: Morcott, Rutland, England
  • Occupation: Bootmaker and repairer


  • Name: Mary Ann Smith
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place Of Birth: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • Marriage:

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

  • Mabel Smith, 1879, Crowland
  • Ethel Smith, 1881, Billingborough
  • Fred Smith, 1883, Billingborough
  • Ernest Smith, 1885, Billingborough
  • Archie Smith, 1889, Billingborough
  • Albert Smith, 1893, Horbling


  • 1891: Archie is living with his parents at 27 Vine Street, Billingborough, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Archie is living with his parents in Church View, Horbling, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Archie is living with his regiment the Infantry in India. The census gives him an age of 21 and he is listed as a Bandsman.

Relatives in services

  • Archie’s brothers Albert also fought and were killed in WW1. Albert can be found on our page dedicated to the Horbling War Memorial. Another Brother Ernest served in the Royal Field Artillery and was wounded.


  • No marriage for Archie has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday September 12th 1914
    LOCAL PATRIOTS. Several Billingborough and Horbling young men have rallied most patriotically to the nation’s call.  Thier names anf the regiments in which they have enlisted are as follows:- H. J. Tebb, Royal Horse Artillery, R. W. Tebb, Royal Horse Artillery, and Herbert Tebb, 1th Hussars, sons of Mr H. Tebb (Horbling); Leslie G Hodgkinson, Royal Field Artillery, C. Norman Hodgkinson, Royal Engineers, son, of Mr. C. G. Hodgkinshon, Ernest Smith, Royal Foeld Artillery, and Albert Smith, Oxford and Bucks. Light Infantry sons of Mr. William Smith, bootmaker. Mr Smith has also another son in the regular service, viz., Bandsman Archie Smith, 3rd King’s Royal Rifles.  The following have enlisted in Lord Kitchener’s New Army:- Fred Harrison, son of Mr. H. C. Harrison; Walter Nicholson, W Carpenter )Horbling). Frank Corn, W. Watson (Horbling), Harris Ellingworth (Horbling, W. Swin (Horbling), H. Kemp (G.N. railway clerk, Billingborough), W. Birch and W. H. and J. F. Pattinson (Stow), Mr. John Marshall, hairdresser, who saw active service in the South Africain war, has also been accepted. The Yeomanry ranks include Eric Barber, son of Ald. J. S. Barber, of Rookfield.  There are several others serving in the Regular Army.  The recruits mentioned are in addition to the lads – mostly farm hands – who enlisted on Monday night.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 12th December 1914
    HOME FROM INDIA – Corporal Archie Smith, third son of Mr. William Smith, of Horbling, and who is in the band of the King’s Royal Rifles, has returned from India after an absence from this country of seven years. He has been home on short leave but returned on Wednesday to Winchester, where his regiment is temporarily stationed, prior to going into active service.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 8th April 1916
    MUCH SYMPATHY IS extended to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith in the death of their third son, Archie , who passed away this week, after a long and painful illness. Deceased who was 25 years of age, was a bandsman in the King’s Royal Rifles, and served about 7 years abroad, most being stationed in Crete, then going to Malta, and afterward to India, where he remained four years. He enjoyed umformly good health up to about three months of his returning to Engalnd, where he arrived about 15 months ago. Then he failed to stand the sudden change of temperature. After short leave at home, he rejoined his regiment, but he was never well, and he received his discharge from the Army less than a year ago. Since then he has remained with his parents at Horbling. He made an effort to undertake light work, but was obliged to give it up, and he has been confined to the house practically and courage, and passed peacefully away.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have two other sons serving their country. Both joined Kitchener’s Army, and fighting in France.


  • Lincolnshire Echo Wednesday 27th September 1916
    On Monday last Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith of Horbling, received an official notification that their son, Pte. Albert Smith, Of the Oxford and Bucks, Light Infantry, had died at the Base Hospital, Rouen, from wounds received in action. The deepest sympathy is felt for the soorowful parents, for quite recently another son, Driver Ernest Smith, of the R.F.A., was wounded in France and is now in a LOndon Convalescent Hospital. To add to their grief a third son, Bandsman Archie Smith, of the K.R.R., not long ago succumbed to an illness from which he suffered after returning with his reiment from India.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 30th September 1916
    THE GREAT SACRIFICE – On Monday, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Smith received an official notification that their son – Lance-Corpl. A. Smith, Oxford and Bucks. Light Infantry, had died from wounds. In Wednesday the parents received a letter from the Matron of the Hospital stating that he passed peacefylly away on the 23rd inst., and that his grave will be marked by a cross.  Deceased was 23 years of age. They had previously received communication stating that he had been wounded.  The deepest sympathy is felt for the sorrowful parents, for quite recently another son Driver Ernest Smith, R.F.A., was wounded and is now in a London Convalescent Hospital. To add to their grief a third son Bandsman Archie Smith, of the K.R.R., not long ago succumbed to an illness after returning from India.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • None found

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • None found


  • The British Medal


  • UK:
  • Horbling, Roll of Honour in St Andrew’s Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • None found

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in September 1914
  • Served in Crete, Malta and India for 7 years
  • Died at home of Phthisis


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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