Sydney Henry SMITH

Regimental number23/1816
OccupationEngine cleaner
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Smith, Taradale
Rank on embarkationRifleman
Unit nameNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1915, 3rd Reinforcements of 1st Battalion, E Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT 38 Tahiti on 8 January 1916
Final rankCorporal
Final unit2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment

Military Medal

'Operations: British front in the vicinity of the Foret de Mormal 5th November 1918. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the above operations, the Company to which Sergeant Smith belongs attacked. On reaching the edge of the wood, near the final objective, he led his platoon in a charge against three enemy machine guns with great bravery. This party killed the whole of two gun crews and captured the third. Later, he went on to the last possible position and consolidated. His initiative, daring and coolness inspired his platoon with great confidence and with the true spirit of the offensive, and throughout the day he rendered very valuable service to his Company.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 3 July 1919

SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 15, p. 5

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