FRERE-SMITH, Sylvia Adrienne

1891 - 1974

As Sylvia Adrienne Naftel, she was born at Seacombe, Cheshire on 25 September 1891, daughter of Percy Hartley Naftel (9 May 1859-14 January 1941), an electrical engineer, and his first wife Sarah Louisa Williams (1862-1894), daughter of Robert Parry Williams, who married at Liverpool on 18 April 1889, Percy married secondly at St John the Divine, Fairfield, Birkenhead on 5 September 1899, Clara Margaret née Jones (1874-1967) and in 1939 were living at Boon-Y-Cued, Alexandra Road, Abergele, Denbighshire, Wales. In 1911, Sylvia was a 19-year-old, living at The Homestead, Mere Lane, Wallasey, Cheshire, with her father, 51-year-old Percy and 36-year-old stepmother Clara, with a siblings Paul 20, and two stepsiblings George Oakley 6 and Beryl 5, all born in Cheshire. Sylvia married at Birkenhead, Cheshire in 1919, Percival Frere-Smith (8 September 1877-21 January 1960), barrister-at-law, son of Charles Thomas Smith and Julia Emily Greathead. In 1939, they were living at Sutton Valence, Sutton Place, Hollingbourne, Kent where her husband Percival, died in 1960, aged 82. Sylvia died at Loose Nursing Home, Loose, Maidstone, Kent on 22 January 1974. they had four children Geoffrey Naftel Frere-Smith (12 June 1920-Sep 2003); Matthew Frere-Smith (16 May 1923-29 December 1999); Rendel Frere-Smith (born 1925) and Christopher Newman Frere-Smith (28 March 1928-October 2000). The Southwold Art Circle has the 'Sylvia Frere-Smith Award' for a watercolour which was founded by a donation of 100 made to the Art Circle by her son, Great Yarmouth sculptor Geoffrey Frere-Smith in memory of his mother, which is awarded to a member annually. Probably not an artist painter.

1939 registers give her birth date as above
1974 death record as born on 16 October