War Service: Francis Smith served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery later transferring to (327180) 589th Coy Labour Corps. He had served with the artillery regiments for several years before the outbreak of the First World War. His service number was 18025. He died on 15th March 1918, aged 56, at Brook War Hospital, Woolwich.
Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.
Details: Francis Smith was born in 1862 in Birmingham to Allbright Taylor and Amelia Smith. He had one brother, Charles and two sisters, Ann and Amelia.
Francis Smith first enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery on 27th May 1886 and his service number was 55059. His occupation at the time of enlistment was given as a fitter. He served in Halifax, Aden and India and he was wounded in the head on 25th February 1895. He was discharged on 19th April 1898 at Gosport and his character was described as very good.
He re-enlisted in to the Royal Garrison Artillery on the 12th April 1900 with the service number 4080. At this time he was described as being 5ft 7 7/8 inches tall and weighing 168lbs with brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion. He also had a scar below his left lower jaw. He was discharged 11th April due to his one years’ service expiring.
He married Tryphena Weobley on 9th January 1916 at St Thomas in the Moors, Balsall Heath. Francis’ occupation was listed as soldier and his address was back of Clevedon Road, Birmingham. He was a bachelor while Tryphena was described as a widow.
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