Cyril Grove Smith (20) was born 4th February, 1903 in Chignal, Essex.



He was living at Fairstead Lodge Farm, Witham, Essex when he was an 8 years old schoolboy.


        Chelmsford Chronicle 13th May 1921




Chelmsford Chronicle 6th May, 1887



Chelmsford Chronicle 24th January, 1903



Chelmsford Chronicle 20th June 1919


 Chelmsford Chronicle 18th August, 1922


  Chelmsford Chronicle 6th April 1928



Cyril moved to Hubbards Farm, Shalford, Essex.


He married Vera May Blake (23) on 25th April, 1929 at the Congregational Church, Felsted, Essex.







Vera was born in Little Hallingbury, near Bishops Stortford in 1907.




Her parents were :

Stephen E (born 1870 ) and  Ada T (born 1876)  Blake


Cyril Smith keeps an eye on Elsie Peacock, a Land Army Girl during the Second World War.


Vera died 18th November, 2004 and is buried at St Andrew’s Church, Shalford Green, Essex.  

Vera’s misdemeanour as reported in The Essex Chronicle on Christmas Eve 1937:




St Andrew's Church, Shalford


  Chelmsford Chronicle 16th January, 1942



In later life Cyril travelled widely as witness this listing of his berth on board SS Venus, Bergen Steamship Company in 1953




Cyril died in July, 1992 in Braintree, Essex.


Cyril and Vera Smith had four children:


Unnamed Baby Girl                    Born 8th August, 1932


Joyce Daphne Smith                            Born 1933


John Edmund Smith                            Born 1935


David Peter (Grove) Smith           Born 1937