Rank: Rifleman 45033
Regiment: 1st Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died: 8 October 1918
Otterton Memorial Cross
Other Memorial: Rumilly-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery Extension [Google]
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Thomas was the son of William John Smith, a gardener, and his wife Emmeline. He was born in Otterton, the birth being registered in the first quarter of 1899.
The Smith family lived in Ottery Street in a cottage called Streamside. Thomas was the fifth of 10 children. Thomas, aged 12 in the 1911 census, was still at school and there is no record of what his occupation was before he enlisted.
No service records exist for Thomas. His brother, Gerald, served in the Devons and survived.
Thomas earler served in the 2/8th Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, with service number 31554.
Most of the 78 men buried at the Rumilly-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery Extension died in October 1918, when the British 3rd Division captured the town of Rumilly.
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