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Frederick Smith
In Celebration of a Life
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.

The Bedfordshire Regiment
In memory of
Frederick Smith
Private 8246, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Died: Saturday 14 November 1914,
during the First Battle of Ypres, Belgium
- Lest We Forget -

Born: Arrington, Cambridgeshire, son of James and Caroline.
Baptised: Arrington, 6 June 1883 alongside siblings Martha and William
in a private ceremony.
Enlisted: 1905, Royston, Hertfordshire (ie Regular Army).
Died: Saturday 14 November 1914.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.
How Died: Killed in Action, probably during the First Battle of Ypres, Belgium.
Grave: No known grave.
In the 1901 Census, Frederick (18) was still living at home with his parents in Arrington. His occupation was given as 'Farm Labourer'.
In the 1911 Census, Private Frederick Smith was serving overseas in the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment in Bermuda and Jamaica. The regiment was stationed there between 1910 and 1912.

1891 Census (Smith Family):
James Smith Head M 54 Agricultural Labourer Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Caroline Smith Wife M 48   Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Harriet Smith Sister S 57   Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Henry Smith Son S 16 Agricultural Labourer Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Arthur Smith Son S 12 Agricultural Labourer Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Mary Smith Daughter   11 Scholar Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Charles Smith Son     9 Scholar Arrington, Cambridgeshire
Frederick Smith Son     7 Scholar Arrington, Cambridgeshire
In the three censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911, the Smith family were living in a cottage at 'White Hall', Arrington (Modern postal address: 23 Ermine Way, Arrington).

The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Memorial: Panel 33/B.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8.00 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial was unveiled by Lord Plumer in July 1927.

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial

The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, research,
photographs or memories of Frederick Smith for this page.
Please contact the website.

This page was last updated on: 08 October 2019.

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