|Birth: ||May 3, 1914|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2005|
World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in New Westminster, Canada, he served as a Private in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. At the Savio River, Italy, on October 21 and 22, 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were the spearhead of the attack across the river, when the forward company was suddenly counter-attacked by three Panzer tanks, supported by some 30 infantry. Private Smith led his group of two men across an open field and left one man on the weapon. Crossing the road, Private Smith obtained another soldier with an enemy tank attacked and wounded the man of the first group. Private Smith fired and put the tank out of action. German infantry jumped from the tank and attacked but Private Smith drove them back with his tommy gun. Obtaining more ammo magazines which had been abandoned in a ditch, Private Smith steadfastly held his position and later gave aid to his wounded comrade. For his gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, awarded the Order of Canada in 1995 and the Order of British Columbia in 2002. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
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Record added: Aug 03, 2005
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