Albert David Smith Collection - Sword; 1916; 2006-130-001


Albert David Smith Collection - Sword

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Sword belonging to 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.

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1916 silver metal sword with leather scabard. This sword is engraved with the name AD Smith. It also has decorative engraving down both sides of the sword with the makers name and address - Hobson & Sons, 1,3,5, Lexington Street, London. The hand cover of the sword is made from silver metal which has been cut out decoratively with George V's emblem and crown incorporated into the design. George V's emblem and crown are also on the sword's blade.

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WWI Uniform

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Weapon - Sword

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