Death: July 22, 1918
Unit: 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Fred Smith, son of Mr. Adam Smith and Mrs. Kate Smith, died in a hospital in Switzerland in 1918. He was gassed and captured at the Battle of St. Julien, a part of the Second Battle of Ypres, in 1915 and remained a prisoner of war in Germany until he was exchanged and moved to Switzerland. His brother, Emerson C. Smith also died in battle. He was from Eugenia, Ontario.
Veterans Affairs Canada web site in memory of Private Frederick Smith
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Top image Fred Smith in uniform
Images from left to right
- Fred Smith in uniform standing
- Fred Smith in kilt 1914
- Fred Smith in prison garb
- Fred Smith with other injured soldiers
- Funeral for Fred Smith
- Temporary Grave for F. Smith
- Fred Smith's 1914-1915 Star Medal
- Fred Smith's Allied Victory Medal 1914-1919
- Fred Smith's British War Medal 1914-1918
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RECEIVED VIA EMAIL:
I recently came across on your website the file of 27543 Private Frederick Smith, 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) CEF who died while a POW in Switzerland during the Great War.
I was pleased to find several period photographs related to Pte Smith and they were downloaded and added to our project's archives. Unless already there, we will also upload those images to his VAC Virtual Memorial file.
I thought that you might like to have copies of Pte Smith's Record of Services card (front and rear scans) to add to his on-line file at 'Our Honoured Past' and have attached them here.
Private Smith attested into the 15th Battalion at Valcartier Quebec along with a number of Officers and men from the pre-war Militia Regiment, the 31st Greys.
He was taken prisoner on 24 April 1915 at St Julien during the gas attack of the 2nd battle of Ypres and initially interned in the German POW camp at Gottingen along with many other members of the 15th Battalion also taken prisoner during that engagement.
Likely due to his wounds, he was exchanged and interned in Switzerland until his death there on 22 July 1918. His card reveals he was interned at the Polytechnic Chalet, Seeburg, Lucerne, Switzerland. Although he is not in it, attached is a photograph of Canadian POWs (some 15th Bn) in Switzerland playing hockey.
Also attached is a period photograph of Gottingen POW camp in Germany where he was originally interned after capture.
Hopefully this information and material will useful to you for addition to his file on you website.
15th Battalion CEF Memorial Project