Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Frederick Smith
Frederick Walter Warren
5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Year of Birth
Date of Death
Frederick Walter Warren Smith was born in October 1895 in Coleshill. The son of Frederick Smith, a gardener, and his wife Sarah, Private Smith worked as a farm labourer and lived on Coleshill High Street with his two sisters and grandfather. He emigrated to Canada in 1912 and enlisted in the 5th battalion, Canadian Infantry, service number 198205. He died on 9 April 1917 and is buried in Nine Elms Military Cemetery, France. Coleshill Chronicle extract: "We regret to record the death of Private F. W. W. Smith, only son of Mr and Mrs Fred Smith, Lower High Street, Coleshill, killed in action at the storming of Vimy Ridge on April 9th. Private Smith was attached to the machine gun section of the 5th battalion Canadian Forces. He was 21 years of age, and left Coleshill five years ago with Mr. H. King, who went out to Nova Scotia, and took up a farm. Private Smith's mother has received the following letter from the battalion chaplain:- ‘Dear Madam,- You will have received the sad notification of the death of your son, Private F.W.W. Smith, of this battalion, at the storming of Vimy Ridge, on April 9th. As a chaplain of the battalion, and one who stood at his graveside, I wish to express to you my sorrow at his loss, and how much I sympathise with you in this distress. I know that all his comrades, both officers and men, would wish to join me in this little message to you. His body and that of his companions of the 5th who so gallantly fell on that day, lies buried in a grave on the battlefield by the side of the Lens-Arras road. -I am, yours sincerely (REV.) D.E.D. Robertson’"
Coleshill Chronicle 12th May 1917 DEATHS SMITH – In loving memory of Frederick Walter Warren, the beloved and only son of Frederick and S. J. Smith, of Coleshill, 5th Battalion Canadians (M.G.S.), who was killed in action in France, April 9th, 1917, aged 21 years. His King and country called him. Sadly mourned by his mother , father, and sisters.
Coleshill Chronicle 10th April 1920 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM SMITH – In loving memory of Private Frederick W. W. Smith, 5th Battalion Canadians, Machine Gun Section, killed in France, April 9th, 1917. Only beloved son of Mr and Mrs F Smith, Coleshill. Lovingly remembered by Mother, Father, and Sisters. Somewhere in France, in an unknown grave, Our dear son lies sleeping; For his King and country his life he gave Into his Saviour’s keeping.
As you may have noticed on Fred's papers when he first signed up they have the wrong year of birth but the one you have on here is correct. I did not notice this at first but found out when I went to the registry office to order a copy of his birth certificate to add to the family history. It is 1895 not 1894 as his papers show but this was corrected on future paperwork.