Lieutenant Frank Smail

Lieutenant Frank Weddell Smail, ” D ” Coy., 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died in hospital in London on 1st December 1915, aged 23, of wounds suffered in action in Belgium on 22nd June 1915. He was the son of Henry Richardson Smail of Berwick and is buried in Berwick-upon-Tweed Cemetery. He had previously served with the Lothian and Border Horse and before the War he had farmed near Kelso. ┬áHis father was proprietor of the ” Berwickshire Advertiser “. At the time of his wounding the Battalion were holding frontline trenches near Wulverghem in Flanders and suffered a few casualties from shellfire. The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as a Pioneer Battalion. It was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient near where the Division fought its first action of the War on 26th April 1915 only days after landing on the Continent.

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