2nd Lieutenant, 13th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, attached 15th Battalion.
Killed in action 1st July 1916, age 26.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Former student of arts and teaching.
Born in 1890 at Bolton, Lancashire, Quintin was the son of Robert and Agnes Livingstone Smith. He was educated at Bolton Grammar School from 1902-1904 and entered Manchester University in 1907, gaining a BA in 1910 and a Teaching Diploma in 1911. Whilst at the University he was an active member of the Debating Society, took part in the Greek play “Aristophanes”, played in the rugby First XI and took a keen interest in swimming. After his studies he worked as an assistant school master at Latymer Secondary School, Edmonton.
As an ex- member of the University Officer Training Corps Quintin volunteered in November 1915 for the army asking to serve in a either a Scottish or a Lancashire Regiment. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 13th (Service) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, but just two weeks before the opening of the Battle of the Somme he was temporarily attached to the 15th (1st Salford Pals) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers with whom he went over the top at the Somme on 1st July 1916 in an attack aimed at capturing Thiepval Ridge. The offensive started at 07.30 and despite suffering massive casualties managed to capture the 1st line of defences and some men even penetrated the village, but an enemy counter attack pushed them back and by 09.00 it was obvious with the huge losses no further progress could be made. The Salford Pals had attacked with 624 men but by 09.00 only a 150 remained standing. Amongst those declared missing in action that day was Quintin.