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On the LEFT - Our 3rd Great Grandfather

John Lace, son of Daniel Lace and Mary Joughin. Born in Ramsey on the Isle of Man in 1779. John became a merchant sailor and was "pressed" into the British Navy in January 1805, and transferred to the warship Thunderer in May of 1805. John served on  HMS Thunderer  during the famous Battle of Trafalgar. He remained in the Royal Navy until 1813 when he lost an arm off the coast of Spain during the capture of a French pirate ship. He was drowned off Ramsey, Isle of Man during an attempt to rescue a ship in peril during a fierce storm.

On the LEFT Our Grandfather

James Bolton Smith, who was born on the Isle of Man in 1875. He emigrated to Canada in 1909 and settled on a farm near Matheson, Ontario.  He joined the 228th Battalion, the Northern Fusiliers, of the Canadian Army in 1916 at age 41 but was sent home when the Matheson Forest Fire ravaged the area and killed over 200 people.

On the RIGHT above, our Grand Uncle James Ingomar Smith, brother of James Bolton Smith on the left, was born on the Isle of Man in 1885. He emigrated to Canada and joined the Canadian Army in 1915 and served overseas for over 4 years in the 49th Infantry Battalion. By Oct. 1915 he was in the front lines in France. He was wounded twice in action, the second time being during the advance on Vimy Ridge in April 1917 where he was awarded the Military Medal for "Bravery in the field" by the King. He returned to Canada and lived out his life in the West, in Banff and then Vancouver.

ABOVE Our Uncle

Horace Vincent Smith, son of James Bolton Smith and Ruth Ann Stephen, was born in Matheson, Ontario in 1917. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers, 1st Corp, Field Survey Regiment in 1940. He served in England and then France, Holland and Denmark until VE Day.

ABOVE Our Uncle

Lawrence Smith, son of James Bolton Smith and Ruth Ann Stephen, was born in Matheson, Ontario in 1922. He joined the Canadian Army Signal Corp., and served in England and then  France and Holland during the latter stages of the War, returning home after VE Day.

On the LEFT our Cousin

Sydney James Smith, son of Sydney Smith and Mary Chalmers, born in Porquis Junction, Ontario in 1924.

He became a Sgt. Air Gunner in the #428 Ghost Squadron and lost his life when shot down over Magdeburg Germany on Jan. 21, 1944, and was buried in the Berlin War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Germany. Sydney James was awarded two medals for his wartime efforts on behalf of his country.

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ABOVE Our Uncle

Bill Darcy, husband of our Aunt Amanda joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Following his training in the USA, WW1 ended before he could ship off to Europe.



On the RIGHT my Nephew

James Paul Lamar, son of Bill Lamar and Edith Smith shortly after receiving his wings.  Paul flew with the 440 Search and Rescue Squadron flying out of Yellowknife and the North West Territories, before becoming pilot instructor in Winnipeg.



OTHERS WHO SERVED

Our Grand parents Cousin James Smith, son of Sydney Smith and Jennie Beecroft served in the Canadian Army during WW1 and was wounded in action as the Canadian Army advanced up Vimy Ridge, the battle that helped to form our nation.


Our Grandparents Cousin Horace Smith, son of Sydney Smith and Jennie Beecroft served in the Canadian Army during WW1


It usually takes Remembrance Day each year to remind ourselves of those men and women who have served and sometimes fallen in  the defense of our country. Those of us who descend from Grandparents James Bolton Smith and Ruthe Anne Stephen and/or John Henry Bentley and Edith Martindale have much to be proud of  the men and women in our own direct family who have sacrificed all or part of their lives for a noble cause. We will always remember them.

THE SMITH FAMILY

The reference point for naming the relationships below are the first cousins that descend from James Bolton Smith and Ruth Anne Stephen.

ABOVE our Grand Uncle

Thomas Patrick Stephen, was born on the Isle of Man in 1879. Thomas followed in the footsteps of his father, and became a Master Mariner. During WW1, his ship SS Good Hope was torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1917, and he spent 48 hours in the water before being rescued. He did not fully recover from his exposure and the oil that had filled lungs and he died in 1920 being  buried in the church yard of Lezayre outside of Ramsey, Isle of Man


ABOVE our Grand Uncle

John Jack Stephen, was born in Ramsey, Isle of Man in 1883. At the outbreak of WW1 he joined the Lancashire Fusiliers and saw action at Gallipoli, as well as in France and Belgium. He was gassed at the Somme, and was mentioned in Dispatches while acting as a signalman for Capt. Gee who won the Victoria Cross during the advance on Cambrai in 1917.  He lived out his life in Salford Lancashire where he died in 1973

ABOVE our Grand Uncle

Vincent Stephen,  was born in 1890 in Liverpool. He emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the beginning of WW1. When war broke out, he joined the 75th Battalion, Canadians, and went to France. He was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on April 2, 1917. His body was interred in the Canadian Cemetery No.2, at Neuville-St.Vaast, close to the Vimy War Memorial.


THE STEPHEN FAMILY

The reference point for naming the relationships are the first cousins that descend from James Bolton Smith and Ruth Anne Stephen.

Our Grandmother’s three brothers - Thomas Patrick, John (Jack) and Vincent Stephen.

Walter Graves Stephen, son of Walter Lace Stephen the fourth son of Thomas and Anne Jane Stephen, who served in the army during WW2.


Thomas Henry Stephen, son of Thomas Patrick Stephen. Died in Dec. 1940 of wounds inflicted during the evacuation of Dunkirk 



Douglas Stephen, youngest son of John Jack Stephen and Charlotte Clayton served in the British Army during WW2.





Jack Stephen, son of John  Jack Stephen and Charlotte Clayton served in British Army during WW2.





The Sons of our Grand Uncles and Nephews of our Grandmother Ruth Anne Stephen.

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STEPHEN - This Page

BENTLEY - This Link

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