Frederick John Smith, CB, VD

RankBrevet Colonel
MedalsNone awarded for First World War
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 8th Battalion
Military Service

FJ Smith was a very keen part time soldier and spent almost 30 years in the volunteer movement.
He was commissioned into the 4th Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers as Lieut on 14th March 1885 while still only 18 years old. In 1887 the 4th Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers became the 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). In 1908 with the conversion of the Volunteers into the Territorials the battalion was renumbered 8th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (TF). During this time Smith was steadily promoted until he reached the rank of Lieut Colonel and took command of the battalion in 1901. He was appointed Honorary Colonel in 1905 and retired in 1913.
Smith is included in the Glasgow Necropolis First World War Roll of Honour as it was expected he would take command of the newly raised 17th (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce) Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry in 1914 had his health not precluded him from doing so.


31st May 1866, Glasgow

Death3rd June 1915
Circumstances of Death

Died suddenly at home after a period of poor health.

BurialGlasgow Necropolis

5th June 1915
Smith was given a military funeral attended by many fellow officers connected to the Volunteer and Territorial movements. The coffin, on a gun carriage, was escorted by detachments of several battalions of the Cameronians and of the HLI and accompanied by pipers. The mourners were led by his 7 year old son Kenneth and his brother Arthur.

CWGC Information

Not on CWGC database


James Smith (1819-1888) & Jane Dott (1829-1904)

Father's Occupation

Stockbroker, partner in James Watson & Smith


Ann L M (b. 1851, d. in infancy), Ann L (1852-1923 [Mrs Schmalz], James (1854-1931), John (1856-1863), Mary Jane (1858-1914), Margaret M (1860-1887) [Mrs Newlands], Helen D (1862-1949), Agnes E (1864-1866), Arthur Henry (1871-1922)


Mabel Cory (c1871-1962) mar 12th October 1892, London.
In January 1894 it was widely reported in newspapers that Mabel Cory of Cardiff had instituted proceedings at the Court of Session to have her marriage to FJ Smith annulled. In May 1894 she abandoned her action and at some point after that returned to live with her husband.
May M (1900-1901), Ian F C (1902- 1978), James M (1903-1906), Mabel V C (c1905-), Kenneth C C (c1908-), Audrey L C (1911-)


Fettes College, left 1884


Stockbroker, partner in James Watson & Smith

1871 Census

7 Park Circus, Glasgow

1881 Census

Fettes College, Carrington House

1891 Census

Park Terrace, Glasgow

1901 Census

Abbotsville Villa, Monkton, Ayrshire

1911 Census

Fairfield House, Monkton, Ayrshire

Home Address

1915 – Fairfield House, Monkton, Ayrshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair 191
Other Information

Col Smith’s medals were offered for sale at a price of £1150 ( accessed March 2015)

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



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

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