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Robert Benedict Smith

  • Service number
    WWII 34852 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Robert Benedict Seymour Smith AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Benedict AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Robert Benedict Seymour Smith AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 34852 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1909 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 6 Hanene St., St. Heliers Bay, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.M. Smith, 6 Hanene St., St. Heliers Bay, Auckland (mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 34852 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      28 January 1943 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Smith, Robert Benedict. (Ref. WO 373/23/434). Military Medal. Citation: "During the attack some few miles West of Tel El Eisa while in charge of a mine clearing party on the night 1st or 2nd November 1942, Sgt Smith displaued conspicicuous leadershup and initiative in the face of severe enemy fire. Almost from the start line to the final objective his section remained under heavy shelling and machine gun fire, but heled his men on and continued to organise and direct the work of mine clearing. He himself went forward and made hazardous reconnaissances, marked mined areas, lifted mines and dismantled booby-traps. He inspired confidence in his whole section and despite the difficult and dangerous conditions his cool example and calm courage played a large part in the expeditious forcing of a gap through the enemy minefields in good time for the passage of the armour." Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds, p. 284. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 'Eighteenth Army Troops Company was flat out recommissioning the water pipelines and had two water barges transferring water from ship to shore at Matruh.

    A 90-strong detail of 19 Army Troops Company was on the way to Benghazi; a 100-strong detachment of 21 Mechanical Equipment Company had arrived at Tobruk on the 24th.

    Sixteenth and 17th Railway Operating Companies, with the help of an Indian and an RE operating company, were again working the 400 miles of track between Alexandria and Tobruk, where the enemy had obligingly added a few more miles of line into the port. Other rank decorations not previously mentioned were: Sapper F. Fenton, DCM, Lance Sergeant T. J. Higginson, MM, and Sergeant R. B. Smith, MM.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. pp. 374.)

    Bob Smith as he was known also recieved two Bronze Medals in the 1938 British Empire Games, for rowing. One in the men's double sculls alongside Gus Jackson; and one in the men's single sculls. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 January 1993 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.374, 511. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.442 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM

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