Frederick Arthur Smith (1896-1915)

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Frederick Arthur Smith

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SMITH, FREDERICK ARTHUR. Corporal. No 3565. 'D' Company, 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Greenwood Street, Primrose Hill, Huddersfield, 19.8.1896. Son of William and Martha Alice Smith, 22 Stoney Cross Street, Taylor Hill, Huddersfield. Educated Berry Brow Council School. Employed as a tailor's apprentice by Mr William Addy, tailor, of Lockwood. Enlisted, 2.12.1914, into the 2/5th Battalion. Six days after reaching Derby he was posted to the 1/5th Battalion at Doncaster. Embarked for France, 15.4.1915. He wrote home to his parents on the same day:

Dear Mam and Dad, we arrived safe and sound and I am in the best of health. It is blazing hot and we are about 4 or 5 miles behind the firing line and expecting to be in tonight. We can hear the Jack Johnsons (shells) whistling and the machine guns crackling. Several aeroplanes have passed over us as we are sat in a field having our feet inspected. I don't know whether you will get this letter or not but I will keep up correspondence with you by field postcards. I can't tell you where we are but I am keeping a diary and if I come back I will show you it. Talk about nationalities:- Indian, Scotch, French, Belgium and us. It is quite nutty. Please send me some cigs and a little cake. I shall get them alright. Freddie. xxxxxx

Died of wounds received on the Yser Canal near Ypres on 16.10.1915, aged 19 years. Buried BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 30.
ROH:- Emmanuel Church, Lockwood; St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe; Taylor Hill Primitive Methodist Church; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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