SMITH, Samuel Richard
(Service number 6/4145)

Aliases Dick
First Rank Corporal Last Rank Private


Date 16 January 1889 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 17 November 1915 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Woodbury Road, Geraldine
Occupation Apiarist [own business]
Previous Military Experience 2 years Territorials, 3 yrs Volunteer
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Stephen Thomas Smith, Woodbury Road, Geraldine
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 3 April 1916
Transport Willocha or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 Sept 1916 Age 27
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in Action
Memorial or Cemetery Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Geraldine Church Memorial; Geraldine War Memorial; Victoria Lodge IOOF, Woodbury Library

Biographical Notes

Son of Stephen Thomas and Fanny Smith.

Timaru Herald, 15 September 1917, Page 6:

SMITH.—In loving memory of Corporal Samuel Richard Smith, killed in action in France, on September 16th, 1916. No one he loved was by his side. To hear his last faint sigh Or whisper just one loving word. Before he passed away. —lnserted by his brother and sister-in-law. R. and H. Smith.

[Robert and Harriet nee Waller]


Military Record held at Archives New Zealand, Wellington Office  Item ID R7819307 (which confirmed that R Smith was in fact Samuel Richard Smith); Probate held at Archives New Zealand, Christchurch Office Item ID R21844889

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG; John Sutherland, SC branch NZSG

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