Albert David Smith Collection - Portrait; c.1916; 2002-1026-07130


Albert David Smith Collection - Portrait

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Albert David Smith
Lieutenant Smith joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and left from Wellington, bound for England, on 26th June 1916.
His parents were Robert Young Smith and Mary Ann Smith of
180 High Street, Waimate. Albert was the eldest of nine children. He was a keen member of the Cadets while at school and at a young age became an officer in the Territorials. Before enlisting Albert was in a chemist apprenticeship at the pharmacy of Mr F. Akhurst.
Albert was killed in action on 12th October 1917, at the age of 23 years, while serving with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion, 3rd Division, in Ypres, Belgium. Albert is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot
Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Viaandern, Belgium.

The Defence Act 1909 made military training compulsory for nearly all boys from the year they turned 12. This involved 52 hours of training each year as junior cadets. In 1912 the junior cadet system was disbanded and the age for compulsory military training began at 14 years. During the war the cadet system helped ensure that a ready supply of replacement officers and men was available for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) overseas. More than 8000 boys enrolled annually in the cadets between 1914 and 1918. They helped provide 10,000 new territorial soldiers each year, the majority of whom transferred to the NZEF.

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