SMITH, Albert David
(Service number 14716)

First Rank Second Lieutenant Last Rank Lieutenant


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Chemist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Robert T Smith, 180 High St Waimate
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion, H Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport HMNZT 56, 57, Mauganui or Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, 3rd

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
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 12 October 1917 Age 23
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Notices Memorial notice, Oamaru Mail, 12 October 1918
Memorial or Cemetery Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen
Memorial Reference NZ Apse, Panel 7
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial (appears to be A D Smith, but difficult to read) On parents gravestone, Old Waimate Cemetery Plot 000757X

Biographical Notes

Albert was the son of Robert Young Smith and Mary Ann Smith of 180 High Street, Waimate. Albert was the eldest of nine children. Before enlisting Albert was in a chemist apprenticeship at the pharmacy of Mr F. Akhurst. He was a very talented young man who was a keen member of the Cadets while at school. This led him, at a young age, to become an officer in the Territorials. Albert also enjoyed music, being a member of both the Methodist Choir and the Waimate Orpheus Society.

Albert joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and left from Wellington, bound for England, on 26th June 1916. A little over a year later he was killed in action on 12th October 1917, at the age of 23 years, while serving with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, 3rd Division, in Ypres, Belgium. Albert is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Viaandern, Belgium.

The Waimate Museum and Archives hold photographs of Albert Smith and his family, artwork by Albert, his sword and scabbard, a Memorial Plaque, a NZEF Certificate of Service, and his British War Medal.


Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (8 May 2014); Waimate Advertiser, Thursday 1st November 1917; Oamaru Mail, 12 October 1918

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea (SC branch NZSG); Sue Hanham, Wamate Museum & Archives

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