George Henry Smith

Date published: 30/06/2013
© Newbury Weekly News






The death of  Ex. P.C. G.H. Smith took place on Saturday last at his residence, Malta Villas, Kings-road, Newbury, after a painful illness patiently borne for some six months. The deceased came to Newbury as a Police Constable about 27 years ago, and some seven years later retired on a pension, his chief hobby being gardening; he was also interested in bell ringing and was a member of the St Nicolas team of ringers.


The funeral took place on Tuesday, the first portion of the service being taken in St  Johns' Church, the vicar, the Rev. A.G.P. Baines officiating. The remains were interred in Newbury Cemetery, in the same grave as his late wife who predeceased him seven years ago.


The mourners were Edwin and Joseph (sons), Charlotte, Edie, Adelaide and Winifred (daughters), Mrs Herbert Smith (whose husband died of wounds in France, last September) and Mrs Joseph Smith (daughters in law), Mrs Thomas Sillar (sister), and several old friends were at the graveside. The Berks County Police were represented by Sergeants Pounds, Hutson, Wells, Pinchin and PCs Mortimer and Portlock.


Floral tributes were sent tributes were sent from Dot, Nell and Alf, Daughter-in-law Lizzie and children, Edwin and Mabel, Edie and Tom, Adelaide and Lionel, Joe and Louie, Win and Frank and grandson. Mrs W. Hill, Mrs Tottle and Mrs Crawshaw.

The coffin bore the nameplate inscribed “George Henry Smith, died August 24th 1918, aged 66 years.”

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs Hart and Sons.


Newbury Weekly News 29 August 1918.


Mrs Susan Smith died 12 July 1911 aged 63.

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 29 August 1918

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