Private 240017 Frank Smith

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Killed in Action on Tuesday, 8th May 1917, age 25.
Buried in Grave 2.B.15. at Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville - St. Vaast, Pas De Calais, France.

1st/6th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 137th Brigade of 46th Division.
Formerly 825 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 25th June 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2955010/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Frank Smith registered December quarter 1892 at Dudley.

1901 Census
11 Queen's Road, Tipton, Staffs.
William Smith (45, Wheelwright, born Tipton), his wife Myra (30, born Cradley), and their 9 surviving children of 13: Harold (13, Wheelwright's Apprentice, born Tipton), Thomas (16, Wheelwright's Assistant, born Tipton), Frank (8, born Tipton), Myra (4, born Tipton), and William (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
46 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Smith (54, Self-employed Wheelwright, born Tipton), his wife Myra (39, born Cradley), and their 9 surviving children of 13: Frank (18, Wheelwright's Assistant, born Tipton), Thomas (16, Wheelwright's Assistant, born Tipton), Myra (13, born Tipton), William (10, born Tipton), Ellen (8, born Tipton), Bertha (6, born Tipton), Levi (5, born Tipton), John (3, born Tipton), and Mary (1, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Frank's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £29/18/6d (29 pounds, 18 shillings and 6 pence); this was paid equally between his mother, Mary, and his 4 brothers: William, Benjamin, Josiah and James T., in November 1918. His War Gratuity was £13/0/0d (13 pounds exactly), this was paid to his mother, Mary, in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Frank had enlisted in August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Frank was exhumed from his original burial place near Lievin, and re-buried in Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville - St. Vaast, on 5th September 1919.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald April 21st 1917
At an occasional Court at Tipton this week , before Mr G.S. Peake, Frank Smith of Lockside, Tipton, was charged with being a deserter from the 1/6th South Staffordshire Territorial (Active Service) Battalion since October 1915. Sergeant Richards stated that at 6.30 am he went to prisoner's house and asked the accused on what authority he was absent from the Army. Prisoner produced a Territorial Attestation certificate dated 1908, and said he was a time-expired man. The sergeant asked the prisoner about his kit, and he produced rifle, bayonet and full kit. The sergeant informed the Court that although the accused had been an absentee since last September, the police had never been notified. The man was remanded to await an escort.

Tipton Herald June 16th 1917
The following Tipton Soldiers have been officially reported in the casualty lists:-
Killed: Pte F Smith South Staffs.