Francis James Smith

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 3/1757
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • 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.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: David T Dewar, Hacklemakers, Old Glamis Rd, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Elizabeth Smith, 25 Watsons Lane, Dundee

  • Father:

    Thomas Smith, 25 Watsons Lane, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

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


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. DewarLtd., 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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