Albert SMITH

Regimental number10/4576
Date of birth14 April 1894
Place of birthNewcastle-on-Tyne, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.5
Height5' 3.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Miss Nina Nutt, Stewart Street, Marton
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Marines Band, Portsmouth, England; discharged as 'unlikely to become efficient'; not serving in any military unit at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date29 October 1915
Place of enlistmentTrentham
Rank on embarkationBugler
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, 10th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 4 March 1916

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. On four occasions he carried important messages over the open under very heavy fire. Later, he twice volunteered and brought up rations to the front line through a heavy barrage.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 11 December 1916

Discharge date18 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to New Zealand from Plymouth on board HT 'Ulimaroa', 7 November 1918; discharged (no longer physically fit: rheumatism, sciatica), 18 January 1919.

War service: 3 years 59 days (of which 2 years 291 days were abroad)

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Also served in World War II: 73027, Egypt, Syria; discharged, 23 March 1945.
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 26, p. 13
Archives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805. File 24063489

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