Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in Hatton on 16th August 1895. He was the son of Joseph Smith (born Stretton) and his wife Martha (formerly Gleave, nee Brierley) who was born in Aston.

In 1901 Roger was living at Hatton Common with his parents and step-brothers Arthur G. (21) and Fred (18) and brothers Herbert (16), Harry (11) and his sisters Clara (14), Ethel (13) and Fanny (7). His father worked at the brickworks.

Ten years later he was living at South View in Hatton and working as a farm worker. His father was a brick maker and his mother a provision dealer. By now there were only his parents, his brother Harry and a nephew called Harold (4) living at home with Roger. Harry would also serve in the Great War.

Roger Smith served in the Royal Field Artillery during the Great War, working as a driver. There would seem to be no existing war records for him. The electoral rolls for 1918 and 1919 recorded him as an absent voter with the service number 711722 (there is also reference elsewhere to him having had the number 172150). He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

By 1920 he was back home in Hatton living with his family on Hatton Common.

According to the 1939 Register, Roger was living at South View in Hatton with Harold Smith, his nephew, who was an incapacitated cowman. He was working as a roadman for Cheshire County Council.

Roger died on 24th June 1966 at 9, Bower Crescent in Stretton, but his home address was still South View, Hatton. He was 70 years old.