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Richard F. Smith, 13th Hussars - died at Fredericton, New Brunswick 18.5.1905 3 months 5 days ago #65293

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A SOLDIER OF EMPIRE.
The death occurred at the Victoria Hospital last night of Richard Frederick Smith, son of Richard Smith, of Carlby, near Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. Deceased came here in April and resided with his brothers, Robert, George, and Charles, at Gibson. The late Mr. Smith, who was 30 years old, came here to take up farming, and after settling he was to send for his wife and two children, who are in England. He was taken to the hospital on Tuesday last after being taken ill with tubercular meningitis. For ten years the deceased belonged to the 13th Hussars as corporal and served under General Buller in South Africa, being in the thick of the fighting at Spion Kop and Colenso, and at the siege of Ladysmith he had his horse killed under him by the bursting of a shell. At the close of the war he joined the South African Constabulary with the rank of sergeant-major. Deceased carried the Queen's South African medal with four bars for Transvaal, Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, and Tugela Height, as well as the King's medal. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon, leaving the house at 1.15 p.m. with service at 1.45 p.m. Interment will be made at Sunny Bank Cemetery, George W. Adams being the undertaker in charge. It is probable the funeral will be held with full military honours. Besides three brothers at Gibson deceased is also survived by four sisters and one brother in England and one brother in Bermuda.

The Fredericton Gleaner, Friday 19th May 1905, and reprinted in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury, Friday 9th June 1905

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Richard F. Smith, 13th Hussars - died at Fredericton, New Brunswick 18.5.1905 3 months 5 days ago #65295

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A brief glance at WO97 confirms Smith, an eighteen year old engine fitter from Stamford, joined the Army on the 6th of June 1893, his appointment to Lance Corporal came in 1896 and promotion followed within just five months that same year, with service on campaign in South Africa from the 10th of November 1899 with his regiment, he opted to transfer to the SA Constabulary twelve months later whilst actually serving in the reserve before his final discharge upon the 17th of September 1903.
His next of kin are shown as his parents, Richard and Jane and brothers , Harry and Robert in Carlby Stamford.



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A SOLDIER OF EMPIRE.
The death occurred at the Victoria Hospital last night of Richard Frederick Smith, son of Richard Smith, of Carlby, near Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. Deceased came here in April and resided with his brothers, Robert, George, and Charles, at Gibson. The late Mr. Smith, who was 30 years old, came here to take up farming, and after settling he was to send for his wife and two children, who are in England. He was taken to the hospital on Tuesday last after being taken ill with tubercular meningitis. For ten years the deceased belonged to the 13th Hussars as corporal and served under General Buller in South Africa, being in the thick of the fighting at Spion Kop and Colenso, and at the siege of Ladysmith he had his horse killed under him by the bursting of a shell. At the close of the war he joined the South African Constabulary with the rank of sergeant-major. Deceased carried the Queen's South African medal with four bars for Transvaal, Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, and Tugela Height, as well as the King's medal. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon, leaving the house at 1.15 p.m. with service at 1.45 p.m. Interment will be made at Sunny Bank Cemetery, George W. Adams being the undertaker in charge. It is probable the funeral will be held with full military honours. Besides three brothers at Gibson deceased is also survived by four sisters and one brother in England and one brother in Bermuda.

The Fredericton Gleaner, Friday 19th May 1905, and reprinted in The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury, Friday 9th June 1905

I've made an entry for Richard Smith in Sunny Bank Cemetery, on Find A Grave, and posted a request for a headstone photo. www.findagrave.com/memorial/201802143/richard-smith

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