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Alexander Dickie Smith

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander Dickie AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    10969 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 July 1911 AWMM WyndhamSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
    21 July 1911 Public - Christopher - Other Relative - 8 March 2015 - Written/published family history: "The Smiths Formerly of Boghead and Related Families." Also, Alexander Dickie Smith's tombstone notes he was 30 years of age when he died, 15 July 1942.
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Box 62, Wyndham, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Annie Agnes Howe (sister), Glenham, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    10969 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    24 February 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Smith, Alec. (Ref. WO 373/19/292). Military Medal. MM. 1944. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Farmed at Wendon and Wyndham Ridges, and shepherd on several Southland sheep stations. Public - Christopher - Other Relative - 8 March 2015 - "The Smiths formerly of Boghead and Related Families."
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Smith and of Eliza Smith (nee Dickie), of Wyndham, Southland

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    Corporal A. D. Smith, MM; born Wyndham, 21 Jul 1911; labourer; killed in action 15 Jul 1942. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.128.)

    'During the time the patrol was under fire, Corporal A. D. Smith worked his way forward, rushed a machine-gun post, killed the crew with a grenade and then swung their machine gun into action against other MG posts nearby. The patrol saw several 75-millimetre and other guns but it was not strong enough to bring them away, nor was it equipped to destroy them. In addition to recapturing the forty-three members of an Indian first-aid unit, which had been captured late that afternoon through taking the wrong road, Lynch's patrol took some prisoners, which brought the total for the day to 3 officers and 70 other ranks. Corporal A. D. Smith, MM; born Wyndham, 21 Jul 1911; labourer; killed in action 15 Jul 1942.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 128.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM I. A. 24. AWMM
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  • Obituary
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Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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  • Your passing reverberates down generations the memory of a man who gave all to a nation Your name handed down the family lines healing the hole of your absence in time Each year your homeland bows in pausing to honour the sons, brave and fallen Lest you we forget, beloved and missed, your sisters have wept Long since gone your shadow remains for giving your youth, strength and dreams Although the passage of time takes hold, you're etched in our hearts, some now old.
    Public - Marian - Other relative - 28 May 2016
  • In memory and remembering.
    Public - Yvonne - Other Relative - 13 April 2015

Sources

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
28 May 2016MarianNew ZealandOther relative
13 April 2015YvonneDunedin, NZOther Relative
08 March 2015ChristopherWellingtonOther Relative
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