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Frederick William Smith

Frederick William Smith

14 January 2013
Frederick William Smith - Anglo Boer War
"Attached is a photo of my grandfather, Frederick William Smith, born 1884, who was among the volunteers of the Lincolnshire Regiment who went to the Boer War. I have done a little research online and have found him - I think - listed as a Lance Corporal and his number as 5728. I believe this means he joined some time between 26 January 1900 and 15th February 1901. However this photo shows him with sergeant's stripes. Would be glad to hear from anyone who has more info based on the photo or any other records. F W Smith remained in the territorial unit. I have other photos showing life at training camps c.1907. He was commissioned in 1916. I have a copy of 'Wind Up', the magazine produced by the officer training camp. He served at the Front and was killed in the Battle of Arras in April 1917."
Noelle Hunt
email: noelle_hunt@yahoo.co.uk

14 January 2013
"Thanks for your swift reply and for sending all the links for further research. I am now attaching some of the other pictures I mentioned. The Regimental postcard is dated 1906 and some of the other photos were sent as postcards in 1907 and 1908. I can recognise my grandfather in a couple of them - I think! In civilian life he was a policeman, but obviously went to training camps with the Territorials. There's also a poem from WW1 'With the 6th Lincolns to Suvla' written by Sergeant Allport, presumably a friend as I also have his photo."
Noelle

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Carleton Cole Allport

17 January 2013
Update
"I've found out something about Sergeant Allport - he had distinguished service at Gallipoli and he survived the War. He ran a 'Kinema' in Lincolnshire until his death in about 1970."
Noelle

[According the London Gazette "2nd Lieutenant C C Allport was promoted to Lieutenant on 25th July 1918. And served as a Temproary Captain with the Special Reserve, whilst employed as Commandant for the School of Education, from 2nd September 1919 until 10th September 1920. Ed.]

Carleton Cole Allport Kinema Staff 1940 The pavillion before its conversion to a Kinema in 1922 Kinema in the Woods 2012

The photograph of the Kinema Staff in 1940 shows Major Allport (centre back), Ron Webb, Australian - Wally Cooper, Mildred Matthews and Sheila Bycroft.



With the 6th Lincolns to Suvla

Carleton Cole Allport, Sergeant, 6th Lincolns. March 1916.

'Twas summertime and midnight
When we left Great Britain's shore,
For an unknown destination
And adventures too, galore.

Through the stormy Bay of Biscay
To the old transport's rolling motion,
Sailing down the Spanish coast
And o'er the Atlantic Ocean.

Past the fortress of Gibraltar,
O'er the Mediterranean blue,
Eastwards to the Isle of Malta,
Eqypt, and Imbros Island, too.

There we lingering waited
'Till the fateful day should dawn,
When we should prove our metal
By making history newborn.

'Twas on the 6th of August,
With the Navy's help, so brisk,
We left to make the landing,
By destroyer "Basilisk".

When we first marched on Turkish soil
In the early hours of morning,
We received the enemy's greeting
Just as the day was dawning.

Then bullets and shells came thick and fast,
Bringing pain and death amidst our ranks.
While we waited for the order
Advance, and stop the enemy's pranks.

Then line after line as on parade,
Across the plain of the Dry Salt Lake,
To Chocolate Hill which we captured
And the enemy failed to retake.

But on the ninth we fiercely fought,
And lost six hundred brave, true men,
And alas, when the roll was called
Left 'twas scarce one hundred men.

Then days and weeks went slowly by,
Our numbers ever growing less,
With terrible dreary trench warfare
And the deadly toll of sickness.

The sky was clear, the heat was great,
When we on that memorable date
Left Suvla Bay by hospital ship,
And westwards sailed on a happy trip,

To the shores of dear old England.



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