Frederick James Smith was born in 1884, his birth registered at Lewes in the December quarter of that year.
He appears on the 1891 census of
living at Hanly Farm, Wales Cooksbridge
Road, Barcombe, with his family. The household comprised James Smith (head,
married, aged 32, working as a groom), his wife Margaret Emma Smith (nee
Diplock), also aged 32 and their five sons: Arthur Vere Smith (aged eight),
Frederick (aged six), Spencer M Smith (aged four), Henry William Smith (aged
two) and Edward George Smith (aged five months). James was from Newick, his wife from
Lindfield. Arthur had been born in
Newick, Frederick in Hamsey and the other four boys in Barcombe.
Next door to them lived William Diplock and his family. William was almost certainly directly related to Margaret; either an older brother or her father.
200583 Corporal F J Smith was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on
17th April 1917 whilst
serving with the 4th Suffolk Regiment.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on bay four of the Arras memorial in . France
Both Frederick and George attended the village school at Newick and the photo that appears on this page is the one which
sent his old headmaster, John Oldaker. My thanks to Simon Stevens of Newick for sharing this with me. Frederick