Biography of Private Frederick John Norman Smith (2569)
23rd Battalion London Regiment
Died 2nd October 1916


  • Name: Frederick John Norman Smith
  • Date of birth: 19th July 1896
  • Place of Birth: Brixton, Surrey, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1896
  • Place of Birth Registration: Lambeth, London, England


  • Name: Edward John Norman Smith
  • DOB: 8th July 1864
  • Place of Birth: Doddington Grove, Kennington, London, England
  • Occupation: Merchant


  • Name: Catherine Martin
  • DOB: 1871
  • Place Of Birth: Kennington, London, England
  • Marriage: 28th September 1895, St Paul, Brixton, London, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Frederick John Norman Smith, 1896, Brixton
  • Arthur Cecil Smith, 1901, Ham


  • 1901: Frederick is living with his parents at 11 Shipka Road, Streatham, London.
  • 1911: Frederick is living with his parents at 54 Clouesdale Road, Balham. The census gives him an age of 14.

Relatives in services

  • None found


  • No marriage for Frederick has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • War Office Casualty Lists
    N.C.O’s and Men
    London Regiment
    Smith 2569 Private E. J. N.


  • Sheffield Daily Telephone Tuesday 7th November 1916
    N.C.O.’s and Men
    Smith (2569) F. J. N. (Bourne)

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Frederick John Norman Smith, 2569, 23rd (County of London) Bn London Regiment was killed in action on 2nd October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Father Edward J. N.


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal
  • The 15 Star


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Frederick John Norman Smith, 2569, 1st/23rd Bn., London Regiment who died on 2 October 1916
  • Remembered with honour, Thiepval Memorial
  • Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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