Florence Smithson – A Musical Mystery?

Florence Annette SMITHSON, Welsh Soprano/actress/pantomimist 1884-1936 This star of the Edwardian stage was born in Wales, daughter of Will SMITHSON, actor and provincial theatre manager (?East and West Midlands?) – mother possibly Madame Florence ANNETTA, actress and pantomimist.  All three names may be stage names. Florence SMITHSON first married in Merthyr Tydfil in 1901 to […]

Gerald Smithson, Cricketer for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England, 1926-1970

Entry in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac Gerald Arthur Smithson, who died suddenly on 6 September 1970, aged 43, played for Yorkshire in 1946 and 1947, his highest innings for the county being 169 against Leicestershire at Leicester in the second year. Conscripted as a Bevin Boy in the mines after the war, he received special permission, after his […]