Sergeant John George Smith

Sergeant John George Smith served in the Army Hospital Corps. He served in the second Opium War in China in 1860. He is entitled to the Second China War Medal clasps Pekin 1860 – Taku Forts 1860 and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number is 135

Born in November-December of 1836 in Middlesex, London

Eyes : Grey           Hair : Brown

Trade : draper       Height : 5′ 5”

His name is too common to be able to find him in any census

November 21st, 1855 : Enlisted in the Medical Staff Corps

November 1st, 1859 : Promoted sergeant

June 9th, 1860 : Absent without a leave and because of that he was reduced to the rank of Private on June 13th

During the China campaign he served for 3 years and 8 months at these various posts Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taku Forts.

October 1st, 1861 : Promoted back to Sergeant

April 1863 : Arrived in China and posted to Shangai, Hong Kong and Takoo Fort

June 24th : Sent to Mauritius listed as a Barracks Sergeant

October 31st 1866 : Still stationed in Mauritius and embarked for England on the Accrington (listed as a steward). He served in Mauritius for 3 years and 8 months

1876 : Received his Army Long Conduct and Good Service Medal

January 22nd, 1877 : Discharged. He said that his intended place of residence was going to be Hilson, Portsmouth and he would become a draper.

Sergeant John George Smith is one of the very first members of the Medical Staff Corps when it was created in 1855. His low enlistment number shows that he was most certainly part of the first wave of the Medical Corps.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Sergeant John George Smith discharge papers

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  • World War One Historical Assn  On 2012/04/18 at 15:31

    I wonder where he was when he went AWOL!

  • Medic  On 2012/04/18 at 17:06

    Unfortunatly his file does not tell but a soldier just had to be too drunk, skip the the curfew by a few hours and be accused of being AWOL.

  • World War One Historical Assn  On 2012/04/18 at 17:29

    Yes, if you weren’t standing there at roll call, even if your friends were surreptitiously holding you up, you were in trouble.

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