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Frank Smith

In memory of:

Sergeant Frank Smith

June 9, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)


87th Bn.


British War Medal and Victory Medal

Additional Information


February 15, 1888

Sgt Smith was born Francis Schmidt on June 15/1888 in Brooklyn, New York; the son of Edward Schmidt and Elizabeth Burgess. He had three siblings: William,Charlotte and Florence. Frank married Elizabeth Jackson (a British Home Child) on July 31/1907 in St.Patrick's Church in Montreal. He knew his first four children, all daughters. They were named Kathleen, Frances, Lily and Geraldine. Sadly, Geraldine died at six months of age. Sgt Smith enlisted on 2 June 1915 and embarked for overseas on 20 February 1916; just five weeks before the birth of his fifth daughter. A note to his wife said,"if it's a boy, it will fill my heart with joy. If it's a girl, call her Pearl." His last child was was named Pearl Edith Smith.

Commemorated on Page 328 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

III. B. 4.


Lievin is a small town in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 3.5 kilometres west of Lens. The Communal Cemetery is on the south-west side of the town on the road to Givenchy-en-Gohelle.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Frank Smith– Frank Smith taken in London, England; circa 1916.
  • Photo of Elizabeth Smith (née Jackson)– Elizabeth Jackson Smith, circa 1945.
  • Photo of Pearl Smith (daughter)– Pearl Smith at her First Communion, born after her father sailed for Europe (1916-1998).
  • Smith Family Photo– Frank Smith (1888-1917) and wife Elizabeth (née) Jackson 1887-1950) and their children who were born prior to Frank joining the CEF.
Left to Right daughters - baby Geraldine (1914-1915) Kathleen  (1908-? ), Lily (1912-? ) In the rear, Frances   (1910-? ).

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