Project Description

FREDERICK WILLIAM SMITH 1888–1977

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Born: 15th February, 1888, Brailsford, Derby

Baptised 27th May 1988 at Brailsford

Married: Mary Louisa, daughters Doris, born 1908 and Lilian Bertha born 1910

Died: 1977, Plumtree, Notts. age 89

1891 Census

He was three years old and living in Church Street, Doveridge, Derbys. with his father Alfred, a general labourer, mother Hannah, sisters Betsy 7, Bertha five months and brother John 5.

1901 Census

Frederick Smith was twelve years old and living in Church Street, Doveridge, Derbys. with his father Alfred, an agricultural labourer, mother Hannah, brothers John 15, Clifford 9, Lewis 6 and sister Bertha 10. He was a gardener’s boy.

1911 Census

Frederick Smith, age twenty four,  was living at 8 Lenton Avenue, The Park, Nottingham, with his wife Mary, age twenty eight, daughters Doris, three, and Lilian who was six months old. He was working as a butler.

Military Service

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 49396

Military Unit: 4th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters

Theatre of War: Unconfirmed

Medals Awarded: No details found

The Sherwood Foresters archives record F. Smith, Sgt 49396, 4th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters as a man with a Radcliffe address. Frederick William Smith, military personnel, with these service details, was living at Lamcote Cottages in 1918 (Absent Voter List).

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Lamcote House Cottages, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Lamcote House Cottages, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: living with wife Mary Louisa

Other information

The Radcliffe WWI website and research team have assumed Frederick Smith was employed as Charles Birkin’s butler at Lamcote House, Radcliffe on Trent.  Charles Birkin’s funeral at St Mary’s Church in 1932, reported by the Nottingham Evening Post, includes the following passage:

The coffin, which was draped by a Union Jack and  covered by a large cross of white violets from the widow, was carried into the church by eight of the staff at Lamcote House: F. Smith (butler) …

From the 1939 Register

Address: Golf Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Butler

Household: living with wife Mary

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Radcliffe on Trent address in 1918