Frederick John Smith, CB, VD

Brevet Colonel
None awarded for First World War
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 8th Battalion
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
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.
Not on CWGC database
James Smith (1819-1888) & Jane Dott (1829-1904)
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
7 Park Circus, Glasgow
Fettes College, Carrington House
Park Terrace, Glasgow
Abbotsville Villa, Monkton, Ayrshire
Fairfield House, Monkton, Ayrshire
1915 - Fairfield House, Monkton, Ayrshire
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair 191
Col Smith’s medals were offered for sale at a price of £1150 ( accessed March 2015)
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch 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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