He lived in Russia for 14 years and in Germany for 3 years
1882 May 6. Born Russia
1882 Sep 10 Christened in St Petersberg. Son of Henry Charles Shoosmith Mother's Name: Alice Mary. His parents were back in UK in 1911 census. His father was a"plait merchant", but Harold is not with the family. Straw plaiting is a method of manufacturing textiles by braiding straw and the industry that surrounds the craft of producing these straw manufactures. Straw is plaited to produce products including straw hats and ornaments, and the process is undertaken in a number of locations worldwide.
1910 Apr 24. Married in St Petersberg, Russia to Margaret Luise Vogt. Certificate of Marriage in the British-American Church, St Petersburg. One of the witnesses was Charles Eric Shoosmith, presumably the brother of the groom. She died 1916 in St Petersberg
1911 Apr 18. Twins born in St Peterserg - the boy was Leslie Howard who married in London in 1945
1916 Jan 14 His wife died in St Petersberg
1916 Mar 2 Enlisted in RFC. His service record says that he was a Technical Revisor of Breweries , Miller & Co, in St Petersberg for 10 years before enlisting
1918 Mar 11. Commissioned 2nd Lt in RFC
RAF Service Record
1918 Oct 7. Censured by GCC ??
1919 May 25. RAF Transferred to unemployed list.
1919 Jun 27. 2nd Lt. H. Shoosmith, R.A.F., to be temp. 2nd LE., Gen. List.
He then served in Military Mission to South Russia, and presumably got St Stanislaus Medal for this.The British Military Mission in South Russia was only evacuated in March 1920 after Denikin's forces were routed by a Red Army ...
1920 Oct 7. General List, relinquishes his commission Temp. 2nd Lt. H.Shoosmith, and retains the rank of 2nd Lt
1920 Nov 3. Joined ADRIC with service no 960. Posted to Depot Coy. He has 2nd class St Stanislaus Medal
1920 Nov 6. "Services dispensed with" He did not last long
1929 Oct/Dec Married in London to Theodora I Morris
1939 He is living at Elmwood Rd, Croyden
1958 Feb . Died London aged 75.
WO 374/62150 His army record