SMITH was born in Pennsylvania on August 1, 1890. His obituary
states that he enlisted in the United States Army in October of
1910, and served until December of 1917. Selective Service
records form the 1918 Draft state that he served with the United
States Marine Corps. During his time in the military he saw duty
in the Philippines and in Mexico.
Smith married around 1914. The 1918-1919 City Directory shows
George and Ethel Smith at 228 Ambler
Street. Later that year, when he registered for the draft
(September, 1918) he was living with his wife Ethel and two
children at 326 Washington
Street, and working as a laborer for the Campbell Soup
Smith was appointed to the Camden Fire Department around 1921.
The 1924 City Directory shows him living at 233 Point
Street. The 1927 edition gives an address of 1111 North
26th Street in Cramer Hill. The 1929 City Directory lists
George and Ethel Smith at 429 Vine
Street. George Smith appears in the
1930 Census with his wife Ethel at 410 Vine
Street in North Camden. The 1940
Directory lists him at 107 Penn
Street, which in the 1910s had been the home of 19th Century
Camden Fire Department Robert
S. Bender. He last resided in Camden at 540 Bailey
Smith was cited twice for bravery during his fire fighting
career. In 1926 he was cited for attempts to rescue two children
from a burning home in East Camden. In 1933 he saved tow of his
brother firemen who had been overcome by smoke at a vacant
factory in North Camden.
Smith was placed on retirement from the Fire Department due to
ill health in 1941. He had been a patient at the Camden County
Hospital at Lakeland for some time when it became apparent that
he would not be returning to active duty with the Fire
Department. He died on May 21, 1943 at the hospital at Lakeland.
and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
Smith was survived by his wife Ethel and two daughters. Mrs.
Ethel M. Smith was living at 424 South
7th Street when the 1943 City Directory was compiled.
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