Private Arthur Innes Smalley

Many thanks to Jim Edward of North Holmwood and Lenka Cathersides for this research.

Arthur Innes Smalley was born in the 3rd quarter of 1882 in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire to hairdresser Arthur and Julia Doyle (nee Innes).

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Station Road, Burton upon Trent. Arthur snr was working as a hairdresser and Julia was at home looking after their children: Arthur, Julian, Leslie, Laura, Mabel and Aubrey.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Arthur jnr was a boarder of cab proprietor Henry Howlett at 81 Glebe Street, Chiswick, Middlesex.

Arthur Smalley married Emma Poste in the 4th quarter of 1905 in Uckfield, Sussex. Emma was working as a dressmaker.

Emma Poste was born about 1871 in Isfield, Sussex to bricklayer George, born about 1841 in Barcombe, Sussex and Amanda, born about 1847 in Buxted, Sussex.

The couple had a one known son: Arthur George born about 1909 in Dorking, Surrey.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 5 Holmesdale Terrace, North Holmwood. Arthur was working as a brick setter and Emma was looking after their son Arthur. The household further comprised of Arthur’s brother, blacksmith, Leslie Innes Smalley. The accommodation had five rooms.

Arthur Innes Smalley enlisted in Dorking into the 6th Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number G/13770. At the time of his enlistment he lived in North Holmwood.

Arthur Smalley was killed in action on or after 12th May 1917 during the Battle of Arras in France.

Arthur Innes Smalley Arras Memorial Roll of Honour ©

He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France on Bay 2.

Arthur Innes Smalley received the British War and Victory medals.

Arthur’s wife Emma received £3, 5s and 8d on 2nd October 1918 and a further £3 on 31st October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. In 1920 Emma Smalley lived at 3 Holmesdale Road, North Holmwood.

Smalley Family History

Arthur’s father Arthur was born about 1854 in Burton upon Trent to George and Elizabeth. Arthur was baptised on 20th July 1854 in Burton upon Trent. His mother Julia was born in the 1st quarter of 1851 in Sonning, Berkshire to builder and grocer Thomas born about 1824 in Cumnor, Berkshire and Cary Doyle Haworth Innes born about 1824 in Liverpool, Lancashire. Julia was baptised on 23rd February 1851 in Berkshire. Arthur and Julia married in the 4th quarter of 1881 in Wokingham, Berkshire.

Arthur had five known siblings: Julian born about 1885; Leslie born about 1886; Laura born about 1888; Mabel born about 1889 and Aubrey born about 1891, all in Burton upon Trent.

Arthur is commemorated on the Oddfellows’ Hall memorial in Dorking and on St Martin’s (Dorking) Church and South Street (Dorking) Memorials.


Born Burton on Trent
Lived North Holmwood
Son of The late Arthur and Julia Smalley of Station Street, Burton on Trent
Husband of Emma Smalley of 3 Holmesdale Road, North Holmwood, Dorking
Enlisted Dorking
Regiment 6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number G/13770
Date of Death 12th May 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 33
Memorial Arras Memorial, France

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