Owen Acton Smith

Census Address: 6 Hope's Terrace, East Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1895
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Place of Death: Stamford
Date Died: 1956

Owen Acton Smith – 6 Hope’s Terrace

Owen Acton Smith was born in in 1895. In 1901 he was living in Eccleshall, Sheffield. His father Robert was a gardener, born in Wales. By 1911 he was living in 6 Hope Terrace Stamford. Ten people lived in this 4 roomed house. His father was employed as an iron moulder at one of the agricultural machinery works in Stamford and Owen now 16 an ironmonger’s apprentice (possibly at Gibsons). His mother, Julia, was born in Easton-on–the-Hill. He was one of 7 children, two brothers Robert Henry and James Bertie would also serve in the army.

Owen enlisted in May 1913 in the 4th Battalion of the Territorials. They went to Bridlington on the 25th July for annual training and were mobilised on the 4th August 1914.

Owen Acton Smith's wedding to Nellie Collins

Owen Acton Smith’s wedding to Nellie Collins

Owen’s regiment went to France. He served also in the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner. He was wounded twice during the war and as a result of his injuries was discharged on May 17th 1917. He was awarded the British and Victory medals.

In December 1918 he married Nellie Collins in Stamford and died in 1956.

After the war he suffered from ill health but worked at Blackstones when he was able. He was a very quiet man and lived in Foundry Lane, then York Road and later at 36 Radcliffe Road.