Private Reuben Smith 14811

Soldier Factfile

Name:  Private Reuben Smith 14811

Date of Birth:  7th September 1895

Address:  37, Poplar Terrace, Church Lane, Anstey

Parents Names: 

Pricilla Smith

Married John Rushin in 1896

Occupation before the war:  Shoe hand

Siblings Names:  

Polly b.1898

Mary b.1900

Julia b.1904

All with the surname Rushin.

Date Died:   14.7.1916

Age:  20

Place of Death:   Somme

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Thiepval Mem., Somme, France

Cause of death:   



Leicestershire Regiment


1914 – 15 Star

British War Medal

Victory medal

Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • Enlisted at Leicester 10thSeptember 1914
  • 5’ 6” Tall and weighed 115lbs
  • He had auburn hair
  • Was hospitalised at Military Hospital Bulford for 6 days in July 1915 suffering from Scabies
  • Mother and sisters living at 6, Poplar Terrace in 1919
  • Recorded ‘ missing believed killed’ on 23.7.1916 and declared ‘killed in action’ for official purposes on 16.4.17.
  • His half brother, Charles Rushin, also died in WW1 on 7.2.1915 and is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery