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Treasure Chest Thursday – Draft Registration Card of Claude Smith

Posted in Smith, Surnames, Treasure Chest Thursday with tags , , on July 22, 2010 by Ginger Smith

The following scans are of a card that my 2nd great grandfather, Claude Rual Smith, Sr used to carry in his pocket. I believe it is a Draft Registration Card to prove that he had registered for the draft. It was probably also used as a form of identity.
The WWI draft registration card that I pulled off of ancestry.com is below.

United States Registration Card Claude R Smith part 1

This page says that Claude R Smith of Charleston Precinct in Sebastian County, AR registered on 5 Jun 1917.

United States Registration Card Claude R Smith part 2

United States Registration Card Claude R Smith part 2

Here we see his full name – Claude Rual Smith and his address of 1700 So. R St., Fort Smith, Arkansas. The registration date is too light to read and his signature is across the left side of the card.

United States Registration Card Claude R Smith part 3

United States Registration Card Claude R Smith part 3

According to his physical description, he is 5’9.5″ tall, weighs about 170 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair with light complexion. I cannot read the other obvious physical characteristics from this scan.

WWI Draft Registration Card Claude Rual Smith

WWI Draft Registration Card Claude Rual Smith

His WWI Draft Registration Card that I downloaded from Ancestry.com matches up with the information provided on the card Claude carried around in his wallet above. His name was Claude R. Smith, he was born January 27, 1896 in Ursula, AR, he was 21 years of age at time of registration. He was a self-employed farmer in Bloomer, AR, was married, and had no previous military experience. He was of medium height and slim build, had brown eyes and hair and no distinguishing characteristics.