SMITH, Donald
(Service number 63054)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 27 March 1876 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Glenavy
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin A. SMITH (brother), Park Road, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago 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

22 May 1918 admitted to hospital in England - septic arm

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 June 1958 Age 82 years
Place of Death Timaru; of Orari
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 352, Plt 21
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Donald Smith was born on 27 March 1877 at Waimate, the second son and sixth child of Andrew and Ann (Annie, née Crawford) Smith. His mother and youngest brother died in 1883 at Waimate. His father, who farmed for many years at Hook, died in 1912, survived by his sons, William, Alex and Donald, and his six daughters.

Donald Smith appealed his call up in July 1917 but his appeal was dismissed as he did not appear before the Military Appeal Board. He was to proceed to camp with the next draft. was a shepherd at Glenavy when he enlisted. He named his brother, Alexander, as next-of-kin and embarked on the Maunganui on 21 November 1917. His brother received word that he was admitted to hospital in England on 22 May 1918, with a septic arm. Private D. Smith arrived home in January 1919 by Return Draft 204. In 1930 he married Annie Myrtle Adamson. Donald died in 1958, his grave at the Geraldine Cemetery marked by a services plaque. Annie died in 1986 and is also buried at Geraldine.

His nephew, Colin Andrew Campbell, was killed in action in 1918 at Palestine, and another nephew, Alexander Keith Campbell, also served in World War I. Alexander Rattray, brother-in-law of Donald Smith, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 October 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 October 2020]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 25 November 1912, 1 August 1917, 5 June 1918, 7 January 1919, NZ Times, 6 January 1919 (Papers Past) [02 & 04 October 2020]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [02 October 2020]

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