Lance Corporal 228225 1st (City of London) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Charles Smith was born in Kingston Cottages in Tongham in 1897, the eldest son of David and Phoebe Smith.
The censuses record that his father was a railway platelayer and the family lived at Kingston Cottages in Poyle Road, Tongham in 1901 and 1911. Tongham School Admissions Registers record that Charles was born 18 August 1897 and his brother David was born 7 April 1899.
Soldiers Died records that Charles enlisted at Aldershot and was formerly 7111 Royal West Surrey Regiment; but his medals card records that he was formerly 34116 East Surrey Regiment.
A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee records that Charles served for four years and that he was congratulated by the Brigadier General on meriting the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Charles's brother, Private David Smith 50559 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, was wounded 4 times and gassed once. He had also given 500cc of blood to a badly wounded man.
The 1918 electoral register records David and Phoebe Smith living at 3 Northside Cottages, Guildford Road.