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c e no 2
no 5 company
Knight Tempar 17 February 1900
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smith mrs h
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This is one of two Charles Edward Smiths who served with NZ forces in South Africa - the other, with service number 695 was killed during the South African War on 7 Sept 1900.

See the service record for Charles Edward Smith (690) here. (Archway)

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Posted: 26 Jul 2014

Hi Christine - thanks for this, it looks like we have the wrong one here as his (690's) service record refers to 695 as having been killed so it must be him that is on the Timaru memorial. I'll update our pages to reflect this. Kind regards, Jamie Mackay

Christine Clement

Posted: 26 Jul 2014

Which Charles Edward SMITH died at South Africa - #690 or #695?

Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 5338, 19 February 1901, Page 2
A Returned Trooper. Trooper Charles Edward Smith, of Tinwald, returned from South Africa to-day by the express. The trooper received a hearty welcome on the arrival of the train from a large number of friends and old acquaintances.

Timaru Herald, Volume LXXXI, Issue 12466, 1 September 1904, Page 3

NAMES TO BE INSCRIBED. It is intended to inscribe on the Deceased Troopers' Memorial at Timaru the names of all the men hailing from South Canterbury who lost their lives by battle or disease in South Africa, and whether they belonged to New Zealand contingents or to other forces. The Memoral Committee has been supplied with an official list of members of the Contingents who lost their lives, and from this the following names of South Canterbury men are taken. The committee desire to be informed of the names of deceased South Canterbury men who were members of other forces in South Africa. Some of the men named below were in other parts of New Zealand when the Contingents were found, and their addresses are given as belonging to those places, but a list of next-of-kin identifies them more or less clearly with South Canterbury. We give the names as they occur on the official list, and the number of the Contingent in parenthesis.
Pvt. Charles Edward Smith, Kaikoura (3)

Marion Joy Hansen

Posted: 12 May 2012

I downloaded and read this Soldier's record. He is not the Charles Edward Smith I was looking for. I wanted my grandmother's brother, born about 1870, son of Thomas Smith and Ellen Usley Smith nee Murfitt. Stepmother, Ellen Smith nee Gregg. I have not been able to find him, Charles Edward Smith who also died in the Sth African War. It is very interesting to note that on the record of the above soldier 690, there is a note that there is a different man 695, same name, and same date of death, 7 Sept 1900, Third Contingent. The mother of soldier 690 is a Hannah Smith of Tinwald. My relative 695 was born in Timaru.