Unit: 5th Lincolnshire Regiment
Commemorated: Calais Southern Cemetery France
Arthur Smith was the Son of Enas and Emma Smith of Fern Royd, approved Witham Road, information pills Kirkstead, Lincolnshire. He was just 25 years old when he died. He was an old scholar of the Kirkstead Wesleyan Sunday School and remained a member of their choir prior to enlistment. He was previously employed by Messrs. Chapman, Groccers of Woodhall. Arthur died in a base hospital, following wounds received to his shoulder. It was the Hospital Matron who wrote to Arthur’s parents to tell of the sad news, advising that he had two huge haemorrhages from which he could not recover.
Arthur enlisted at Lincoln and initially served as a member of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry. This was a pre-war territorial unit which, during the course of the war, was disbanded and merged with the Machine Gun Corps. It is probable, when this happened, Arthur elected to transfer into the 5th Battalion of The Lincolnshire Regiment. Arthur received his wounds on the 15th May 1917 and an inspection of the regimental history for this time reveals the 5th Battalion working in conjunction with its sister battalion, the 4th Lincolns. It was not until the 3rd week of April that both the 4th and 5th Lincolns returned to the forward area, following a fairly long period of training out of the line. The 5th Lincolns went into the line east of Cite St. Pierre, north – west of Lens. The battalion occupied the old German front and support lines. During May 1917, trench warfare was of a strenuous nature. There were raids and counter raids; patrol encounters in no-mans land were numerous. The guns of both sides were seldom silent and, on the 8th May, the 5th Lincolns welcomed a new Commanding Officer in the shape of Major H.A. Waring. The regimental history tells of several stories which well illustrate the fighting spirit of the battalion; Private Foster being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Private Rawson the Military Medal, for their brave deeds. The battalion was relieved towards the end of May and, it is during this period, Arthur received his fatal wounds becoming another trench warfare statistic.