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Name: Sidney Smith

Burial Number: 0701

Gender: Male

Occupation: Stock Exchange Broker

Born: 8/02/1856

Died: 31/01/1913

Buried: 04/02/1913

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John Godwin Smith

Family No: 0459


Sidney Beckwith Smith was born in 1857 in Nottinghill London to John Godwin and Sarah

Sidney’s father John Godwin was a Gold Laceman and accoutrement dealer, which means he was a dealer in gold lacework (e.g. gold braid, Fringe, cord and tassels) selling to prominent houses and the wealthy and also providing the gold decorations for army uniforms. A dealer in gold lace would commonly buy from weavers in their own home. The business was started by his Father and the business traded as C Smith & Son. John Godwin took over the business in 1868 when his Father retired. He undertook to pay his Father an annual sum of £800, to cover interest on estimated surplus in the business, and in consideration of the transfer. He had no capital of his own but in 1869 introduced about £2000. He had carried on the business by borrowing large sums of money.  In 1878 he assumed he was in a solvent condition, but by 1888 John Godwin was bankrupt and the total liabilities were £68,698 14s 3d. He attributed his failure to heavy interest on borrowed moneys and other causes. However, on the 1901 census it shows that John Godwin was still a gold Laceman working on his own account.

Sidney Beckwith Smith had 2 siblings-

Mabel Annie Smith born 1858 Kensington London

Arthur Cyril Godwin Smith born 1874 Nottinghill London. He was a captain in the 13th Middlesex R.F.A.  He married Lilian Charlotte Aldridge on 29th June 1901 in Kensington London. In 1918 he was sent to court charged with corruptly accepting a gift of £100 as an inducement for showing reward to Leslie Archibald Daniels in relations to the affairs of the Ministry of Munitions. However, he was found not guilty. He died in 1928 in Chelsea, London. Children unknown

Sidney married Rose Dalton Smith (nee Bramall) in 1881 in Steyning Sussex. By 1891 they are living with Rose’s parents at 7 Sussex Garden, Eastbourne, Sussex. Sidney is working as a Stock Exchange Broker.

He applied and was accepted to be a member of the stock exchange in 1878.In 1894 Sidney went into partnership with James Searle under the name James Searle & Co, however in 1898 he was declared a defaulter on the stock exchange (meaning when a trader fails or is unable to pay within the specified time the damages and money difference due on a closing out effected against him.).


There is no record of Sidney or Rose having any children, and by 1901 Sidney is a patient at 20 De La Warr Parade Bexhill, which was a home run by Dr Wills for patients with consumption.

Sidney and Rose were living with Sidney’s Aunt, Maria Caroline Revell in 1911 at ‘Penrith’ Downview Road Worthing.  Sidney was now working as a secretary at the Brighton, Hove & Preston Dispensary, Sidney died on 31st January 1913 after a long illness which was presumably his consumption.

Rose Dalton Smith lived at Fairways hotel, Victoria Road Worthing in 1939 and died there on the 3rd January 1945


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 8 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): pouch.fried.heap

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


"Jesu Mercy" In loving memory of Sidney Beckwith Smith who passed onwards January 31st 1913 Also of Rose Dalton his wife died January 3rd 1945 "R.I.P."

Further Information


Name: Sidney Beckwith Smith

Gender: Male

Born: 8/02/1856

Town: Notting Hill

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1881

Spouse First Name: Rose

Spouse Second Name: Dalton

Spouse Last Name: Bramall

Town of Marriage: Steyning

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 31/01/1913

Cause of death: Consumption

Address line 1: Penrith

Address line 2: Downview Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette – 5th Feb 1913

Deaths – Smith, – On 31st January, at Penrith, Downview Road, West Worthing, Sidney Beckworth Smith, after a long illness, patiently borne.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


4 Ladbrooke Place Kensington London

John G Smith (Head) age 35, Sarah Smith (Wife) age 28, Sidney B Smith (Son) age 5, Mabel Annie Smith (Daughter) age 3, unknown Daughter age 1 month, plus 2 servants.


Ladbrooke Square, Kensington London

John Godwin Smith (Head) age 44, Sarah Smith (Wife) age 38, Sidney B Smith (Son) age 15, plus 2 servants


2 Calverley Park Square, Tonbridge, Kent

John G Smith (Head) age 54, Sarah Smith (Wife) age 48, Sidney G Smith (Son) age 25, Arthur C Smith (Son) age 6, plus 3 servants


7 Sussex Gardens, Eastbourne Sussex

Henry Bramwell (Head) age 67, Rose Bramwell (Wife) age 62, Sidney B Smith (Son in Law) age 35, Rose Smith (Daughter) age 32


20 De La Warr Parade Bexhill, Sussex

Sidney is staying at the home of Dr. Wills Home for Consumption


Penrith, Downview Road, Worthing Sussex

Maria Caroline Revell (Head) age 79, Sidney Beckwith Smith (Nephew) age 55, Rose Dalton Smith (Nephew’s Wife) age 52, plus 2 servants


Fairways Hotel 40 Victoria Road Worthing Sussex

Rose is lodging at the hotel

Miscellaneous Information

The Globe – 17 Oct 1888

London Bankruptcy Court – Yesterday, at the London Bankruptcy Court, a meeting was held before Mr Registrar Linklater, for the public examination of John Godwin Smith, described as of New Burlington Street and Old Burlington Mews, and Tunbridge Wells, gold lacemen and accoutrement makers, trading as “C.Smith and Son” and “J. Wright & Co,” The receiving order was made on August 1, and the statement of affairs shows total liabilities £68,698.14s.3d., of which £42,331.13s.3d. is expected to rank, and assets £7,244.2s.2d. In the course of examination the debtor stated that on the retirement of his father, in 1868, he took over the business and undertook to pay his father an annual sum of about £800, to cover interest on estimated surplus in the business, and in consideration of the transfer. He had no capital of his own to commence with, but in 1869 introduced about £2,000. He had carried on the business by borrowing large sums of money. In 1878 he assumed that he was in a solvent condition. He attributed his failure to heavy interest on borrowed moneys, and other causes. In the course of further examination the debtor explained that the business had been sold, and the purchaser was now carrying it on. He (the debtor) had no interest whatever in it. After some further questions the examination order was concluded.

The Standard – 2 April 1894

We have received the following announcements:- Mr. James Searle of (Searle and Watson), of Bartholomew House and Stock Exchange, has taken into partnership Mr. S. Beckwith Smith, who has for many years held his procuration. The style of the firm will be James Searle and Co.

Sussex Express – 30 April 1898

Stock Exchange Failure – It is officially stated that Mr. Sidney B. Smith trading as James Searle and Co., has been declared a defaulter on the Stock Exchange.