Frederick Smith

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. SMITH, JOHN, Stoker, 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS Cressy, Age: 23. Date of Death: 22nd September 1914, Service Number: K/13677, Additional Information: Son of James and Minnie Ann Smith, of 8, Hill St., Port Patrick [sic] Wigtownshire., Panel Reference: 4, Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Wigtownshire Free Press (1 October 1914): On Monday morning Mr James Smith, Hill Street, Portpatrick, coxwain of the Portpatrick lifeboat, received a wire from the Admiralty, stating that his son, John, a first class stoker, was not amongst those sailors who were landed from the Cressy, one of three cruisers which were sunk by the German submarine or submarines in the North Sea on Tuesday night. Mr Smith's son joined the Navy about three years ago. Prior to joining the Cressy, he was on the Invincible, which was stationed in the Mediterranean for eight months, while he had also seen service in several other ships. He was 23 years of age, and joined the Cressy just a short time before the outbreak of war. Note: HMS Cressy was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy around 1900. Upon completion she was assigned to the China Station. In 1907 she was transferred to the North America and West Indies Station before being placed in reserve in 1909. Recommissioned at the start of World War I, she played a minor role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight a few weeks after the beginning of the war. Cressy, together with two of her sister ships, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-9 on 22 September 1914 with the loss of 560 of her crew. (Source: Wikipedia)
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