Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith, also know as 'Sandy,' was killed in action in France September 2nd, 1918.

Alexander "Sandy" Smith of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, was a well-known baseball player with the Port Hood Royals before he enlisted. He played third base with teams from 1910 to 1920 that imported players from Boston. In 1912, he moved to Vancouver and lived with his sister, Ada.

He arrived in England on April 23, 1917, and served with the 72nd Battalion. He was wounded three times and the third time, in May 1917, he was sent to England for treatment.

He was granted a Good Conduct Badge on February 14th, 1918, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. In his own words, “for the work I done the night I got wounded in April”. He was promoted to the rank of corporal in August, 1918, and was killed in France a month later on September 2, 1918. Three days later, his brother Edward Smith was also killed in action.

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