Frank Arnold Smith

Rank Private
Service No G/41618
Date of Death 23/04/1917
Age 20
Regiment/Service Middlesex Regiment 1st Battalion
Memorial Arras Memorial, France. This commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector, between the Spring of 1916 and 7th August 1918, the eve of the advance to victory, who have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917 and the German attack of the Spring of 1918.


Frank was born in North Finchley in 1897 to Thomas George Smith (b.1869) and his wife, Fannie (b.1867), nee Carpenter, who were married in 1892. He had one sibling, a sister, Dorothy (b. 1896).

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at Medina Cottage, Ballards Lane, North Finchley. Frank’s father was working as a domestic gardener.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family was living at The Lodge, Park Gardener’s Cottage, Recreation Ground, Long Lane, Finchley. Frank’s father’s was employed by Finchley Urban District Council as the park-keeper of Victoria Park.

Frank enlisted at Stamford Brook, Middlesex. He was killed in action, probably in the Second Battle of the Scarpe (23–24 April 1917), which was part of the wider Battle of Arras (9th April – 16th May 1917), a major British offensive on the Western Front.

At the time of his death, his parents were still living at the Lodge.