This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
Francis James Smith
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 3/1757
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 21
- Date of Death: 23/10/1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Occupation: David T Dewar, Hacklemakers, Old Glamis Rd, Dundee
Elizabeth Smith, 25 Watsons Lane, Dundee
Thomas Smith, 25 Watsons Lane, Dundee
More about Francis James Smith
Francis has no known grave but is remembered in the Menin Gate Memorial.
Francis James Smith 3/1757 Black Watch
DUNDEE MAN DIES SOLDIER’S DEATH.
Sill another man has died the death of a soldier. The parents of Private Francis James Smith, 3rd Black Watch, who reside at 25 Watson’s Lane, Dundee, have received official intimation of the death of their son. He was killed in action on 23d October. Private Smith was in his twenty-second year, and before the war was employed by David T. Dewar, Ltd., hacklemakers, Old Glamis Road. He was the eldest son of a blind father.
His parents have looked for a letter from him since his arrival in France, but all they received was a field service postcard until the communication which they would rather not have had, the intimation of his death.
Dundee Courier 30th November 1914
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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