Sidney Charles Smith1

M, #1271, b. 6 Mar 1910, d. 5 Jul 1941
Sidney Charles Smith, pre WW1
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     ADM358/3012 - SS Anselm (5/6/1945)
MFQ1/585/70 - Track Chart of SS Anselm (1941)
WO166/5367 - Royal Army Ordnance Corps; 52 Section (1/7/1941-21/12/1941)
WO361/115 - SS Anselm hit by torpedo (1941-1942.)
Father*Charles Smith1 b. 30 Sep 1879
Mother*Florence Godfrey Taylor1 b. between 3 Apr 1882 and 1 Apr 1884
     Sidney Charles Smith was born on 6 Mar 1910 in Debenham, Suffolk, England.2 He was the son of Charles Smith and Florence Godfrey Taylor.1 His birth was registered in the Jun 1910 quarter in the Bosmere registration district.3 Sidney Charles Smith was baptized on 14 Jul 1910 in St. Mary Magdalene, Debenham, Suffolk, England.4 The marriage of Sidney Charles Smith and Rosie Cicely Smith was registered in the Dec 1932 quarter in the Plomesgate registration district.5 As of 17 Dec 1932, Sidney Charles Smith lived at Debenham, Suffolk, England.6 He married Rosie Cicely Smith, daughter of Samuel George Smith and Minnie Catherine Davis Smith, on 17 Dec 1932 in The Register Office, Plomesgate, Suffolk, England. Witnesses were Dorothy Mabel Smith and Frederick T Potter.6 As of 15 Oct 1938, Sidney Charles Smith and Rosie Cicely Smith lived at Cross Greens, Debenham, Suffolk, England.7 On 5 Jul 1941 in SS Anselm The SS Anselm was built in 1935 as a passenger ship. She was owned by the Booth Steamship Co., but was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a troop tranport early in 1940.

At 08:29 on the morning of 5th July 1941, U-96 fired 4 torpedoes, 2 of which hit the SS Anselm, which sunk within 22 minutes.     The explosion damaged the ladders leading to the hold, containing the RAF and RAOC personnel.8 On 5 Jul 1941 in U-96 The U-Boat, U-96, was commissioned on 14th September 1940 and placed under the command of Kptlt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (Knights Cross), who commanded her until 1st April 1942. In total U-96 hit 32 ships, sinking 28 and damaging 4 ships. One of those sunk was the SS Anselm.8 Sidney Charles Smith died on 5 Jul 1941 in off the Azores at age 31; lost in S.S. Anselm (Liverpool), during WW2.1 He has no known burial place, and is commemorated on a Commonwealth War Memorial on Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, England; Panel 19. Column 2.1

Children of Sidney Charles Smith and Rosie Cicely Smith


DateHead of HouseholdHousehold
2 Apr 1911Charles SmithSidney Charles Smith was listed as a member of the household of Charles Smith in the 1911 census in Church Row, Debenham, Suffolk, England. Other people in the household include Florence Godfrey Taylor and Dorothy Mabel Smith.9
29 Sep 1939Sidney Charles SmithHe was listed as head of household in the 1939 Register in ?, Debenham, Suffolk, England. Other people in the household include Rosie Cicely Smith plus 3 other people whose records are officially closed.10


17 Dec 1932General Labourer6
29 Sep 1939General Labourer Heavy Work10

Military History

Last Edited=28 Feb 2018


  1. [S19] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( ""
  2. [S905] Copy birth certificate of Sidney Charles Smith, born 6th March, 1910, registered 7th April, 1910 in the Registration District of Bosmere (unknown repository, Jun 1910 Bosmere 4a 995) "unknown cd."
  3. [S11] General Record Office Indexes to Births, 1837 - 2005 (General Register Office) "Jun 1910 Bosmere 4a 995."
  4. [S36] Microfilm of the Baptisms of St. Mary Magdalene, Debenham, 1754 to 1899 (Suffolk Record Office, unknown film number).
  5. [S12] General Record Office Indexes to Marriages, 1837 - 2005 (General Register Office) "Dec 1932 Plomesgate 4a 2685."
  6. [S657] Copy marriage certificate of Sidney Charles Smith and Rosie Cicely Smith, married 17th December, 1932 in the Registration District of Plomesgate (General Register Office, unknown gro index ref) "unknown cd."
  7. [S229] Register Of Electors for Ipswich, 1938/39 (Suffolk Record Office, 170/114) "unknown cd."
  8. [S885] Website ( ""
  9. [S2] Online image of the 1911 Census for England & Wales (1911 Census - England & Wales, "Class: RG14; Piece: 10753; Schedule Number: 41."
  10. [S624] Register for National, 29th September, 1939 (Find My Past, RG 101) "TXFN Gipping RDC 209-1 Schedule 81."
  11. [S120] Monumental inscription in the Church of (Churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene) "unknown cd."
  12. [S253] E-mail from Aubrey Smith (unknown author e-mail) to Suzie Morley, dated 2013 - (unknown repository, unknown repository reference) "unknown cd."