PRIVATE FREDERICK JAMES SMITH
Died 15th October 1916
No. 19652 of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 5th Battalion.
Born: Woburn Sands, 28th October 1886
Resided: Sandy Lane, Woburn Sands
The son of Frederick William Smith, a labourer and Elizabeth. Frederick volunteered in August 1915, and went to the Western front the same year. In the 1911 census he is listed as a Carter by trade, and was living in Leighton Hollow, Aspley Heath with his widowed mother, two brothers and two sisters. He fought at Arras, Cambrai, Ypres and Loos, before being killed on the first day of a three day attack the 5th Ox. and Bucks. were making on Deville Wood, trying to reach Guedecourt.
His brother Albert was also killed in the War and is remembered on the Memorial.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has the 15th September as the month of death. He is listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He is listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.
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