There is little known of Sergeant Major J. F. Smith other than what is listed on 2 Company’s nominal role of 15 March 1866; he was 26 years old, Episcopalian, a Barrister and born in Canada. The Queen’s Own had been called up on active service on that date due to the threat of Fenian invasion from across the border at Buffalo. Smith for some reason replaced Robert Taylor who had been Sergeant Major since at least 1864. Taylor was also listed as present that day but relegated to Drum Major under Smith. It is not clear if Smith or Taylor were with the regiment when it fought the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians on June 2nd but Taylor is listed as Sergeant Major several days after the battle on June 7th when the regiment was stationed at Stratford still on active duty. There are no further references to Smith in the nominal roles.
- Born: 1840, Canada
- Former Svc: Unknown
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Trade: Barrister
- Date of attestation: Unknown
Timeline of service:
- 1865, listed as Color Sergeant, 2 Company’s Pay Sheet;
- 1866 March 15, listed as Sergeant Major, 2 Company’s nominal roll.