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Date of Birth
Date of Death
28 Apr 1917
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Frederick Herbert Smith, 228139, 1st Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action, having been reported missing on April 28th, 1917.
The 19-year-old was the eldest son of Henry William (Harry) and Harriett Smith, of 109 New Town Street, Luton. He enlisted in the Cambridge Regiment as an 18-year-old and, after training at Halton, went to France on March 24th, 1917. In April he was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers.
Frederick Smith was an old boy of Surrey Street School and a member of Park Street Baptist Church.
His father was an old soldier who had fought in the South African war. He joined up again with the Bedfordshire Regiment at the outbreak of war in 1914. At the time of his son's death he had seen two years service in France, having been gassed and sent to hospital in Le Havre in May 1915.
Frederick was commemorated on the Luton War Memorial and the Park Street Baptist Church War Memorial.