SMITH, F. H [of Newark]

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Sgt 45580, 17th battalion Sherwood Foresters

By Barbara White

Frank Smith was the son of George and Mary Emma Smith of Newark and husband of Eleanor Asling Smith of 57 Hatton Gardens Newark.  Brother-in-Law of Edward Hosner ASLING

Before the war he was a maltster’s chemist, he joined up in 1916 and died on the Western Front on 23rd October 1917

His wife Eleanor learned of his death in a letter from a hospital sister who said that Sgt Smith who had been brought to the hospital mortally wounded had been comforted by the nurse and she had told him that she would write to his wife and send his love.

  A fortnight later Eleanor received a letter from Frank himself, telling of his bravery, possibly just days before his death. He and Private Lowe (also of Newark) volunteered to take an important message 300 yards under heavy fire which entailed crawling back through the mud under ceaseless fire;

Sgt Smith was buried in the Godewaeresvelde  British Cemetery in France

Sgt Frank Smith is remembered on

            St Mary’s church (parishioners) war memorial

 St Mary’s church, Newark town roll of Honour

 Newark cemetery war memorial.


 With thanks to

Trevor Frecknall, “Newark in the Great War” a local history website for Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire roll of Honour

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