Smith, Nathaniel Robert (No. D/24698)

Smith, Nathaniel Robert (Nathaniel)

Colour Sergeant

No. D/24698, 30th (HD) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of illness on Sunday 14 June 1942 (aged 46)


Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 4. V. Grave 27)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)


Nathaniel Robert Smith (sometimes Smyth) was born on 5 November 1895 in Court Street, Newtownards and he was a son of the late Nathaniel Robert Smith and Sarah Smith (nee Munce) who were married on 7 February 1895 in Regent Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards.  Nathaniel Robert Smith, a policeman from Ballyvalley, Banbridge was a son of William Smith, a farmer.  Sarah Munce, a milliner from Court Street, Newtownards, was a daughter of Robert Munce, a bricklayer.

Nathaniel Robert Smith Senior was a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Acting Sergeant in Clonark, Athlone, Co. Roscommon when he died of liver cancer on 2 June 1895 (aged 28).

Sarah Smith (nee Munce) married Robert Nevin on 28 August 1902 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  Robert Nevin, a widowed shoemaker from West Street, Newtownards was a son of Robert Nevin, a shepherd (deceased).

Robert and Sarah Nevin (formerly Smith, nee Munce) had at least four children:

Joseph (born 23 March 1904 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Mary (Minnie, born 10 December 1905 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Norman McDowell (born 3 May 1909 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Sarah (Sadie, born 21 March 1914 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Nathaniel Robert Smith Junior was also a policeman and he was the husband of Mary (Maimie) Smith (nee Conway) who lived at 24 King Street, Bangor.  Nathaniel Robert Smith and Mary Conway were married on 4 June 1924 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, and they had two daughters – Eileen and Anna.  Eileen Smith married Lieutenant E.T.G. Cole in Bangor Abbey.

The death in service of Colour Sergeant Nathaniel Smith was reported in the 20 June 1942 edition of the County Down Spectator.  He died of a stroke on 14 June 1942 in the Military Hospital in Belfast.  Originally from Newtownards, Nathaniel Robert Smith served with the 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles during the First World War and was wounded in France.

Colour Sergeant Nathaniel Robert Smith’s military funeral was to Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, and the services were conducted by the Rev Walter Horatio Good.  Volleys were fired over the open grave and The Last Post was sounded by buglers.  Mourners included his son-in-law Lieutenant E.T.G. Cole (RNR), his stepbrother Norman Nevin, his father-in-law John Conway and his brothers-in-law John Conway, Hugh Conway, and John Boal.

Colour Sergeant Nathaniel Robert Smith (No. D/24698) was 46 when he died, and he is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Bangor Cemetery:



DIED 27 MAY 1988 AGE 87