Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash

Smedley, Frederick William

Frederick is unusual because he joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry. According to the website “Forces Records” he died of dysentery during the Battle of Gallipoli. However, his service record states that he was killed in action.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Rank: Private
Service No: PLY/18064
Date of Death: 18/09/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry, 2nd R.M. Bn. R.N. Div.
Panel Reference: 7
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. A. S. Winfield (formerly Smedley), of Fairfield, Draycott, Derbyshire.

Extract from Forces War Records:

First Name: Frederick William
Initials: F
Surname: Smedley
Nationality: British
Date of Death: 18/09/1915
Incident Details: Died of Dysentery aboard Hospital Ship & buried at sea.
Information: Enlisted 14/4/15 ; Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 18/8/15 (joined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion at Cape Helles 2/9/15).
More Information: Son of Mrs Annie S. Winfield (formerly Smedley), Nottingham Rd., Borrowash, Nr. Derby, later of: Fairfield, Draycott, Derbyshire.
Rank: Private
Service Number: PLY/18064

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