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Geoffrey Samuel Abel-Smith

Portrait of Major Geoffrey Samuel Able-Smith. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 126597
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Geoffrey Samuel AWMM
  • Surname
    Abel-Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Smith AWMM
    • Geoffrey Samuel Smith AWMM
  • Service number
    • N/N AWMM
    • 8/1034 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1872 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 12 March 1902 AWMM Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 26 August 1914 AWMM 33 Hobson Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Reverend A. Smith (father), Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England AWMM
    • Miss H. Smith, 10 Dorset Street, Baker Street, London W., England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 12 March 1902 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 24 May 1900-31 May 1902 Transvaal AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • N/N AWMM
    • 8/1034 AWMM
  • Military service
    Alexandra Rifles (Territorial) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 12 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded 8 May 1915 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Ill health 1916 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart disease AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of M.P.M. Smith

    Captain for 18 months with the Alexandra Rifles

    Command 4th (Otago) Company 3 May 1915

    Commanding 2nd Battalion until 28 November 1917

    Temporary Colonel, Second in Command, 4th NZ Infantry (Reserve) Brigade 20 July 1918 until 27 September 1918

    Second in Command A Group, NZEF, Sling until 10 February 1919

    Served in SA and in WW1 as Smith.

    National Archives of New Zealand. Non-War Grave Index Cards. AAAC/28129/W3065/Box xxxx (Agency code: AAAC / Series code: 21829 / Accession No. W3065 / Box No. alphabetic sequence Box xxxx ) Death details found on the back of the Non-War Grave Index Card held at national Archives, for HARLAND, Edward D. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 September 1926 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Mary's, Aldermaston, Buckinghamshire, England AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 673 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
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