Frank Alexander Smith

RankLance Corporal
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentMiddlesex Regiment, 18th Battalion
Military Service

Frank Smith volunteered at Finsbury Barracks, London one month after war was declared. He was posted to the 13th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment probably still at its depot in Mill Hill, London. During Smith’s time with it the battalion moved to Hove, Sussex, then Shoreham, Kent and finally Pirbright, Surrey before landing at Boulogne in September 1915. These names feature frequently in Smith’s defaulter’s record. On 24th April 1915 he was absent from the barracks for 24 hours during which time he married Lily Porter in Hove. He received 4 days confinement to barracks as a punishment. At the end of June 1915 he received 10 days Field Punishment no 2, and forfeited his pay for ‘breaking out of camp whilst [already] a defaulter … thereby evading the march to Pirbright and remaining absent till 0800 30/6/15 (34hrs)’.
He arrived in France with the battalion on 1st September 1915 and in the middle of November injured his right foot while with a working party. At the beginning of December 1915 he was evacuated to England and admitted to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield where he remained for 6 weeks. Between January and September 1916 he remained in England under medical care at the Depot in Shoreham though this did not halt his absenteeism and drunkenness. He seems to have been judged fit in the middle of August and a month later he was posted to the 18th (Service) Battalion (1st Public Works Pioneers) Middlesex Regiment part of the 33rd Division which had been serving in France since November 1915. He joined the battalion in the field at the end of September 1916 and a month later was appointed a Lance Corporal. It is a matter of some surprise that he managed to retain that rank until his death 7 months later. In April 1917 Smith was either wounded or fell ill with disease (it is not clear) and spent much of the month at Rouen. Less than 3 weeks after returning to his battalion he was fatally wounded.


c1882, Glasgow

Death22nd May 1917
Circumstances of Death

Died of wounds received in action [on the 22nd] at 55 Field Ambulance, France.

BurialSt Leger British Cemetery, E. 10
CWGC Information

Husband of L. M. Smith, of 8, Clifton Place, Upper North St., Brighton


Thomas Y Smith (c1830-1912) & Jane Strathern (c1847-1914), married 1869 Govan


Muslin manufacturer


Lily M Porter, married in Hove, Sussex 24th April 1915
1 son, Francis S Y Smith born 17th January 1917


Not known



1891 Census

53 Aytoun Road, Kinning Park, Glasgow

1901 Census

Rameshill , West Kilbride, Ayrshire

1911 Census

28 Huntly Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow

Home Address

1917 – 3? Dean Street, Brighton

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 90
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

Service Records of Frank Alexander Smith

18th Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Pioneers). War diaries 1915-1919 (TNA WO 95/2417)



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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