Alexander Laing SMITH

Regimental number24412
Date of birth15 April 1887
Place of birthGlen Isla, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBank accountant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28.10
Height5' 9.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Smith, School teacher, Wylie's Crossing, Otago
Previous military serviceServed in National Reserve, Gore; not serving in any military unit at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date5 April 1916
Place of enlistmentTrentham
Rank on embarkation2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, 23rd Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT Ruapehu on 14 March 1917
Final rank2nd Lieutenant
Final unit1st Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsTyne Cot Memorial (New Zealand Apse, Panel No 3), nr Ieper, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr & Mrs J. Smith, 'Netherby', Abbotsford, Otago
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Wellington, 14 March 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 21 May 1917, and marched into Sling Camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 June 1917; joined 1st Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, in the field, 25 August 1917.

Killed in action, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 3: Roll 57, p. 13
Archives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 7880882

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