Smythe, Francis (No. 1665)

Smythe, Francis (Frank)

Private

No. 1665, 5th (City of Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Killed in action on Monday 12 July 1915 (aged 29)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 173 to 177)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Smyth.

Francis Smythe was born on 21 May 1886 in Mill Street, Comber and he was a son of Edward and Agnes Jane Smythe (nee McCullough) who were married on 28 December 1885 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Edward Smythe (aged 34), a widower from Comber, was a son of Francis Smythe, a blacksmith.  Agnes Jane McCullough (aged 22), a spinster from Newtownards, was a daughter of James McCullough, a mason and Mary McCullough (nee McVey).

The Smythe family lived in Mill Street, Comber and then in Stormount Street, Belfast.

Edward Smythe worked as a blacksmith and he and Agnes had at least four children:

Francis (Frank, born 21 May 1886 in Mill Street, Comber)

Mary Jane (born 8 July 1887 in Mill Street, Comber)

James (born 30 June 1892 in Mill Street, Comber)

Anna Lambert (born 11 December 1895 in Mill Street, Comber)

Francis Smythe moved to Scotland where he worked as a driller in Halley’s Motors Ltd, Yoker, Glasgow.  He enlisted in Glasgow and served with the 5th (City of Glasgow) Battalion Highland Light Infantry.  Just a few days before the Battalion left Methil in Fife for Gallipoli he celebrated his 29th birthday.

Private Frank Smythe (No. 1665) was killed in action on 12 July 1915 and his death was reported in the 4 September 1915 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Comber Soldier Killed at the Dardanelles.

Private Frank Smythe (No. 1665) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.  His mother, Agnes Jane Munro, was his sole legatee.  His widowed mother and Norman Munro were married on 10 August 1914 at 19 Howard Street, Blythwood, Glasgow.