Lieutenant Charles Francis Bateman Smith

  • 1886 – 1915
  • Suffolk Regiment
  • Killed in action 15 February 1915 aged 28
  • Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
  • Born 15 July 1886
  • Father Rev. GH Smith, SPG Bungalow, Trichinopoly, S. India
  • Attended Abingdon School 1900 to 1901
  • Transferred to Forest School, Walthamstow, Essex

From The Abingdonian March 1915

SMITH Killed in action February 17th [War Graves Commission gives date of death as 15th] Charles Francis Bateman Smith, second son of the Rev. Canon Smith, of Madras, aged 28 years. Entered Roysse's [Abingdon] School in September 1900. After two terms he ceased to live in Abingdon and finished his education at Forest School. He joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry from which he received a Commission in the Suffolk Regiment, being promoted Lieutenant in August 1914. He came over from Egypt in January 1915, went straight out to the Front and was killed on February 17th.

From the Marquis de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

Lieutenant Charles Francis Bateman Smith, 1st Battn. Suffolk Regt, who was shot through the heart while returning from attendance on a wounded brother officer SE of Ypres, on 15th February 1915, was the third son of the Rev. George Herbert Smith, Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Madras, and of Mary Elinor Smith, daughter of Edward Donkin Esq. He was born at the Old Hall, Sleights, Whitby, on the 15th July 1886, and was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow, Essex.

He enlisted in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in October 1904, and was given his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment in September 1911, and served in Egypt from that year till 1914; he was promoted Lieutenant in June 1914.