BiograPhyle Frank Tompson Smythe
Frank Tompson Smythe
Born 1862 - Married 1890 Ada Josephine Drew - Died 1947

Frank Tompson Smythe was born at Worstead, Norfolk, England in February 1862. The 1881 Census places him as being a clerk, living with his parents at 45 Arkwright St in Little Bolton, Lancashire. Like his father before him, he became a Baptist Minister and received his training for the ministry at Bristol Baptist College.

His first pastorate was at Harlington in Middlesex from 1887 to 1889. Here he met and married  Ada Josephine Drew in 1890. (Staines PRO -September Quarter Vol.3a P.28.).

Shortly after his marriage he moved to Mount Pleasant, Northampton, where he was the Baptist Minister for thirteen years. Whilst in Northampton he became President of the Baptist Association. Later he was to become President of the Bristol and District Association.

In 1902 his ministry took the family to Counterslip, Bristol and then, in 1907, to Shortwood, Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Here, he is said to have "exercised a long and fruitful ministry" until 1933. He is known to have published a book "Chronicles of Shortwood" (Bristol) in 1916. From 1933 to 1937 Frank Tompson Smythe took on the oversight of the Church at Wotton-under-Edge.

During his life, he was a Justice of the Peace and was "highly esteemed for his public services in the Nailsworth and Stroud districts." A Baptist memoir of him reads: "He possessed many outstanding qualities and was greatly beloved and respected for his most efficient and devoted service." He died, after a short illness, in May of 1947, was cremated and his ashes buried in the Cheltenham "Garden of Remembrance". He was survived by his wife and three children.

Whilst at Nailsworth he served as Chairman of the Urban District Council from 1919 until 1922, an exceptional circumstance since, prior to then, all Chairmen had been locally born and bred. From 1933 to 1937 he took on the oversight of the Church at Wotton-under-Edge. During his life, he was a Justice of the Peace and was "highly esteemed for his public services in the Nailsworth and Stroud districts." A Baptist memoir of him reads: "He possessed many outstanding qualities and was greatly beloved and respected for his most efficient and devoted service."

He died after a short illness in May 1947 and was cremated. His ashes were buried in the Cheltenham Garden of Remembrance.