Smyth, John (No. 5416)

Smyth, John

Served as Smith, John


No. 5416, 18th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Killed in action on Tuesday 18 July 1916 (aged 27)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 C)

Family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry

Brother of Private David Smyth (No. 11171)


In some records his surname is spelt Smith.

John Smyth was born on 21 April 1889 in Portaferry and he was a son of David and Isabella (Bella) Smyth (nee Markey) who were married on 2 May 1883 in Ballygalget Roman Catholic Church, Portaferry.  David Smyth (aged 21) from Portaferry was a son of James Smyth, a servant.  Bella Markey (aged 21) from Nun’s Bridge, Ballygalget was a daughter of Philip Markey, a bleacher.

David Smyth worked as a servant and labourer and he and Bella had at least five children:

Samuel (born 5 May 1884 in Portaferry)

Sarah Anne (born 23 April 1886 in Tullymally, Portaferry)

John (born 21 April 1889 in Portaferry)

David (born 2 October 1893 in Portaferry)

Mary Isabella (born 18 May 1897 in Portaferry)

John Smyth was baptised on 22 April 1889 in Portaferry Roman Catholic Church.

John Smyth was a grandson of James and Ann Smyth.

James Smyth died on 15 March 1902 (aged 68) and Ann Smyth died on 9 June 1917 (aged 83).

Brothers David and John Smyth moved to Scotland where they lived in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and that is where they both enlisted.

John Smyth was the first of the two brothers to be killed in action.

In the Great War, Private John Smyth (No. 5416) served with the 18th Battalion Highland Light Infantry and he was 27 when he was killed in action on 18 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website his surname is spelt Smith.

Private John Smyth (No. 5416) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry and there is an inscription on the headstone:

Requiescat in Pace